We reported last January about young Afghan musician Ahmad Azizi Baset.
A Lake Highlands resident and fellow musician Robin Korevaar had been Baset’s sponsor since he came to American to attend the prestigious, selective and expensive Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan for the fall 2016 semester, which is his senior year of high school.
Korevaar’s former colleague at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, David Bilger, principal trumpet at the Philadelphia Orchestra, also was touched by Baset’s story, Korevaar says. He’s donated free online lessons and convinced the Philadelphia Orchestra music director to donate $5,000 toward Baset’s education.
The CBS news video, linked below, shows a bit more about how that happened.
Baset made it safely to America, but some of his young contemporaries were not as fortunate. At least one, another of Robin Korevaar’s mentees, and a friend of Baset’s, was killed during an attack early in the semester on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, a liberal arts college established in 2006, which left at least 13 people, including seven students, dead and dozens more wounded.