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Send Aaron Minsky to New Zealand!

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Become part of an exciting opportunity to break down musical barriers around the world! As a rock guitarist who became a classical cellist and combined the two into a  new style called "celtar" (playing the cello like a guitar) I have dedicated my life to creating a whole new way of interacting with music. Rather than separating it into narrow genres (as record companies do to generate sales) music should be about a free exchange of ideas and inspiration that knows no boundaries and is free to go wherever the muse leads! 

With the help of Margaret McConachie (a NZ cellist who performs my music) we are self booking a rock/classical tour around the whole country during the entire month of August, 2017! You may have heard of singer/songwriters doing this kind of thing, but it is unheard of to do this on the classical side! Yet, what better way to bring classical music "from the suites to the streets"!  

We have many of the top schools and universities in the country participating, as well as schools for the underpriviledged, and the indigenous Maori people. I will be giving concerts, workshops, masterclasses and lectures (including an interfaith seminar on my book about religion: Beyond Faith). Highlights will include conducting my own brand new school orchestra music and giving the •world premiere• of my concerto for cello and strings: Summer Haze, with the exceptional Taranaki Youth Orchestra! 

Your contributions will help pay for the expensive plane flights, local transportation, 30 nights of hotels and meals, and other expenses, such as making videos  (with professional editing) of many of the events (including the world premiere). I will be getting some payment for my time, but for many events I will receive only a token fee (especially the ones for the underprivileged) and even with the concerts it will not cover all expenses. Please give what you can, and become part of this great endeavor! How often does one get the chance to fund and participate in a cultural exchange that will reverberate around the world? Stay tuned for updates before, during and after the tour. Click "Donate Now" to find out about rewards for your generosity. And PLEASE share this on Facebook, Twitter, through email, and any other way you can. Thank you!
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Hi Everyone,
I'm finally getting my U.S. "sea legs", making the transition back to civilian life. I was a month behind on everything I've had to do back home, but now I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Please let me know which CDs or books you would like me to send you. Von Cello CD's are from the band. Aaron Minsky CDs are my etudes and encores for solo cello. It will be my pleasure to thank you for your support!

$5
Bronze
Any amount that you can donate will be greatly appreciated, not just by me but also by the good people of New Zealand!
$50
Silver
Donate this amount and receive two Von Cello or Aaron Minsky CDs of your choice.
$100
Gold
Donate this amount and receive 4 CD's, or 3 CDs and one of my music books published by Von Cello, Inc., or 2 CDs and my 554 page literary book: Beyond Faith.

Thanks!
Aaron
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Just an update to let you know that I haven't forgotten about the rewards for your contributions. No sooner did I get back that I was thrown into a month's worth of emails, letters and bills, not to mention my full time teaching gig. Nevertheless, you should be hearing from me within the next few weeks asking what you would like. Thank you for your patience and thank you for your support for a tour that exceeded my wildest expectations. I wish you could have seen all the smiles on the faces of the students, parents, and audience members at the various events. I hope you enjoyed the ride and felt pride in helping to make it happen!
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Yes! I had THAT moment. It was after a very long hike through the rising valley, across four river bridges, up and down many hills, sun blaring down, no food or water, until I wearily dragged myself to the edge of the glacial lake with the great mountain in view just beyond. But I still didn't feel it. There were people around, mostly Asian tourists. I had to go further. I walked to the edge of the beach to an area of large rocks. I managed to climb around and over them to the edge of a roaring river. Hid between the rocks with a view of the mountain with the wind whipping and the waters jumping it finally hit me! This was the end of the sojourn, the reward. Just me, all alone, and the glorious Mt. Aoraki. It spoke to me and I prayed to God. I posted a selfie on Facebook. I also took a video but it disappeared. I guess there is no way to really preserve a moment like that. It only remains in your heart. It was a moment when it all came together in my mind. A great reward for a lifetime of work. And yet, the feeling that maybe, just maybe, the best is yet to come!
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An amazing day driving (on the right side) to the highest snow capped peaks in New Zealand. And then tonight I spent an hour gazing at the stars. Everyone else was asleep or watching television or something. Why was I the only one out there in the dark looking up with awe? It doesn't seem all that unusual to me but I guess most people just don't like doing things that most other people don't do. It takes a certain bravery to do something because you think it is worthwhile even if you're the only one. Perhaps that's a metaphor for my whole life. Two roads diverged in a yellow and green bush trail with snow capped mountains all around, and I...
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