press release: Haiti benefit concert

Vermont Arts Organizations Join in Song for Haiti Relief Concert

January, 2010 – Colchester, VT – In a rapid response to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Haiti, a widespread collaborative effort among regional artists is organizing to perform the Brahms Requiem with full chorus, orchestra and vocal soloists, combined with puppets from the Bread and Puppet Theatre. The Haiti Relief Benefit Concert will take place at the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester on Saturday, January 23rd at 2pm, co-hosted by Live From the Core and The Green Mountain Mahler Festival. Associate professor of music at Saint Michael’s College Nathaniel Lew will conduct the Requiem.

The inspiration for the concert came to Shyla Nelson, event organizer and founder of Live From the Core, this past weekend. “Music and the human voice unite and uplift people in ways that nothing else can,” said Nelson. “The spirit of cooperation among all of the organizations and people involved has been truly inspiring. It speaks not only to our responsiveness to the acute needs in Haiti, but to our community’s capacity to come together to mourn, to mark this tragedy, and to be inspired through music to work together toward a solution.”

Saint Michael’s College shares a long-standing connection to Haiti. College President John Neuhauser wrote in an address to the school’s community on Friday: “This week’s disaster in Haiti has affected many members of the Saint Michael’s community in a personal and profound manner…tragedy once again reminds us that in small things, we may differ, but in the large things, we are all much the same.”

The Haiti benefit concert is this Saturday, Jan. 23rd – 2pm at the St. Michael’s College Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public with donations being accepted at the door to benefit Partners in Health and Catholic Relief Services.

Click here for more information about the concert

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