Monday, January 18, 2010

Area Classical Musicians to present Haiti Aid concerts this week

Many Portland area musicians are marshaling their forces this week to raise money for disaster relief in Haiti, where the recent earthquake has left a humanitarian disaster of unimaginable magnitude. Here are press releases for two of the upcoming concerts, one this Thursday night at the Aladdin Theater and another this Sunday evening, January 24 at the Kennedy School at 7 pm. Please consider supporting either or both of these events to help our neighbors who are in desperate need. Both of these events are posted on Facebook.


a benefit concert to support the Haiti earthquake disaster relief efforts
100% of money raised goes to Mercy Corps

Thursday, January 21, 2010
7:30 pm - Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland

$30 all tickets - available through Ticketmaster - tickets go on sale 10 am MONDAY, January 18!!

Major performances by...
pianist Thomas Lauderdale (of Pink Martini)
Cool Nutz
Portland Cello Project
Grammy nominated pianist Janice Scroggins
Holcombe Waller
Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki, with pianist Grace Fong
Broadway veteran, baritone Douglas Webster, with cellist Elizabeth Byrd and singer-actress Erin Charles
Flash Choir, PHAME and the Grant High School Royal Blues
... and Portland sensation Storm Large!

- hosted by longtime Oregonian columnist Margie Boule, and KOIN 6 Portland reporter/meteorologist Tim Joyce -

with additional musical guests from genres including classical, indie rock/pop and hip-hop

Portland's musicians respond to the Haiti crisis the best way we know - with music. Join us!

Stephen Marc Beaudoin and Tom Sessa, event co-producers

Classical Revolution Haiti Benefit Concert

On January 24th at 7pm at the Kennedy School, Classical Revolution PDX and friends will perform a free benefit concert to raise funds for relief in Haiti. 100% of donations received will go to Partners in Health. Classical Revolution is delighted to be joined by Matt Sheehy, Opera Theater Oregon, The Dimes, James Faretheewell and many other special guests for a very eclectic and fun night of chamber music.

A silent auction will occur during the performance, with products and services donated by local artists and businesses. Items for auction include event tickets, fine photography, haircuts, massages, and many of the performers are donating private lessons.

Briana Ratterman, a member of Classical Revolution, has been working around the clock to help with the search for her father, Walt Ratterman, who has been missing since the earthquake. Ratterman is CEO and co-founder of SunEnergy Power International. He was in Haiti working on a project to improve the delivery of energy to health care facilities run by Partners in Health. “Our thoughts and love are with Briana and her family,” says Mattie Kaiser, Executive Director of Classical Revolution PDX. “We found it fitting to donate to the incredible work that that Walt and Partners in Health do to contribute to a better life in Haiti.”

Classical Revolution will perform chamber music by Dvorak, Schubert, and Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”. Opera Theater Oregon will perform music from Verdi’s “Requiem” with two of it’s finest soloists, Beth Madsen Bradford and Katie Taylor. OTO will also perform movements of Mozart’s “Requiem” with a full choir and string orchestra.

Portland singer Matt Sheehy, hailed as “a great uniter, with songs that can reach just about anyone with a keen melodic ear” by the Willamette Week, jumped at the chance to join forces with Classical Revolution. The Dimes, James Faretheewell, members of Portland's Bach Cantata Choir, and many other local Portland musicians will donate their musical art to the relief of the people of Haiti.

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