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Bienen School of Music to Hold Japan Benefit Concert

Funds raised during April 6 event to go to American Red Cross disaster relief

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March 28, 2011 | by Judy Moore
Video produced by Erin White

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Three continuous hours of live music will be performed by Northwestern University students and faculty from the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and special guests during an Evanston campus fundraising event for disaster relief in Japan. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

The Japan Benefit Concert will take place Wednesday, April 6, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive. The public is invited to drop by anytime between 6 and 9 p.m. to hear soloists and small ensembles performing baroque, folk, pop, opera and musical theatre works as well as traditional Japanese music. The fundraising concert was coordinated by saxophonist and 2008 Bienen School doctoral degree recipient and lecturer Masahito (“Mas”) Sugihara.

Admission is free, and donations in any amount will be accepted at the door. The proceeds will help those affected by the recent earthquake in Japan and tsunami. In the event that donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions will be used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Donations can be made online at www.redcross.org.

All of the performers are volunteering their time to play for the April 6 event. They will include faculty bass clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom appearing with some of his Chicago Symphony Orchestra colleagues, and a baroque ensemble, including Bienen School violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, flutist Richard Graef, oboist Michael Henoch, cellist Paula Kosower and harpsichordist Stephen Alltop.

Also planned are piano duets by faculty member Karen Kan Walsh and Soyeon Park, as well as by faculty pianists Elizabeth Buccheri and Sylvia Wang. Northwestern percussionist She-e Wu and the Northwestern University Percussion Studio, and a faculty/guest brass ensemble featuring Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, Gail Williams and Randall Hawes also are on the program.

Students will perform opera and musical theatre works, including sopranos Caitlin Glennon and Tasha Koontz and tenor Casey Candebat, who will be accompanied by pianist and vocal coach Ken Smith. Former Vermeer Quartet violinist Mathias Tacke and pianist and composer Mischa Zupko will appear as a duo. An instrumentalist will perform traditional Japanese music. The evening will conclude with a performance by the Christina Trulio Band, comprised of vocalist and guitarist Christina Trulio, fiddle player and Bienen faculty conductor Robert Hasty, and student bassist Josh Fink.

The benefit concert’s cooperating organizations include the Japan America Society of Chicago, J-AID 2011, and the New Chicago Japanese American Association.

For more information about the April 6 Japan Benefit Concert, call (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org.
Topics: Campus Life