ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Romel Joseph is a blind Juilliard trained classical violinist who was trapped under the rubble of his music institute for more than 18 hours as a result of an earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. Joseph will share his personal story and talent through his “Never Give Up Tour” with one of four events in the region scheduled on March 30 at Adrian College’s Dawson Auditorium at 3:00 p.m.
“’Lespwa fe viv’ is a Haitian proverb that translates to ‘hope makes one live,‘” Joseph explained. “Music has an inherent power to inspire hope. I have seen it first-hand in my own life and in the faces of my students born into a world where some would say hope is in short supply.” His children, Victoria and Bradley Joseph, also formally trained musicians who play the viola and piano, will accompany Joseph.
Local Ann Arbor musicians, pianist Renee Robbins, violinist Cecilia Johnson and cellists Margaret Weiss and James Anderson will perform selections by Mozart, Brahms, and Mendelssohn with the Josephs during the event on March 30.
Admission is free, however there is a suggested donation of $10.
“Joseph is an inspiration for all that he has overcome and for how he uses his tremendous musical talent to nurture a life of creativity and artistry in others,” said Cecilia Johnson, a music instructor at Adrian College and Joseph’s long-time college friend. “Whether it be the the hundreds of young Haitians who have gained confidence and explored their artistic abilities, or his own children who have become excellent musicians, the sheer force of Romel’s passion is compelling a lesson for us all to ‘pa janm lage’ or ‘never give up’ in Haitian creole.”