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'Hartford for Haiti' Benefit Concert Tonight
Come out and help support the victims of last month’s devastating earthquake in Haiti at “Hartford for Haiti,” a benefit concert that will take place tonight (Thursday, Feb. 18) from 5 to 7 p.m. in Lincoln Theater.
A variety of musicians, singers and speakers are scheduled to take the stage. Admission is free, but donations will be collected at the door for the Oxfam America Haiti Relief Fund and the Connecticut Haitian American Organization. In addition, the Connecticut Haitian American Organization will be collecting canned food items to be sent to Haiti for immediate distribution.
Performers will include internationally renowned bassist and Hartt School faculty member Nat Reeves; musicians from the Hartt School Community Division; the student a cappella group, L’Shir; and the University of Hartford Gospel Choir. Also scheduled to perform are rap artists and University of Hartford students Alexander Lawrence and Rue-Scott Braham; LIFTED, a student funk/rock band; Energy Band, a local Caribbean band; and Joe Sanchez, a student acoustic guitarist and vocalist.
Prior to the performances, three speakers will share their perspectives on the tragedy: Lisa Etienne ’09, a University alumna and former member of the women’s basketball team who lost several relatives in the earthquake; Henri Alexandre of the Connecticut Haitian American Organization; and Leslie Desmangles, professor of religion and international studies at Trinity College.
For those who can’t attend in person, the concert will be streamed live at http://uhaweb.hartford.edu/tvstudio/livestream.html and broadcast on Channel 19 of the University’s cable system. The live stream and broadcast are being produced by students in the Advanced TV Production (CMM 440) class taught by Dan McNamara.
‘Light the Pathway of Hope’ on Saturday
A second event benefitting Haitian relief efforts will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Gengras Café. The event, called “Light the Pathway of Hope,” is being presented by the Student Government Association. The program will include student performances featuring student jazz bands, praise dancers, and spoken word artists.
There is a suggested donation of $5. A complimentary luminary will be given out with each donation.
Download a poster with information on both events.
For additional information on tonight’s concert or Saturday’s event, contact the Center for Community Service at 860.768.5409.