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Music majors, faculty performing to benefit hurricane victims

Concert includes duet and solo selections by classical composers from Puccini to Bernstein

10/10/05

Seniors Amy Clark and Margaret Russo are co-producing an "Evening of Hope" concert this Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Bellarmine Chapel. The concert features the senior music majors of the Class of 2006 as well as various music faculty performing duet and solo selections by classical composers from Puccini to Bernstein. The emphasis of the concert is to collect donations to aid Gulf Coast hurricane victims.

"We felt helpless in the wake of such a catastrophe, like nothing we could do here in Cincinnati would help the people down there," Russo says. "But this concert will be the perfect opportunity for the music department to showcase their talents while also promoting an atmosphere of giving. The audience gets a chance to both take in the music and give to help in direct aid."

While admission is free, all donations go to United Way. There are a handful of New Orleans Loyola transfer students who are music majors, and they will be involved with the concert, to raise both money and awareness. "Aid is still much needed along the Gulf Coast," Russo says. "We are hoping that this will be a fun, hopeful event that raises a good amount of money and promotes furthered community between our New Orleans transfer students and Xavier students."

Please contact Amy Clark or Margaret Russo at russoma@xavier.edu for more information.