Ever since the catastrophic earthquake in January, Haiti has been suffering tragic loss and painful agony. Several different organizations and caring groups and individuals have been concocting several ways to raise money and resources to send to the ravaged country for support. Donating all proceeds to the American Red Cross, the University of Indianapolis Music Department put on a benefit concert for the victims of the disaster on Tuesday, February 16th.
Students and faculty alike took the stage to perform their selected pieces for the audience that had gathered to donate some money and take in an eclectic evening of music. Featured pieces ranged from classics like a violin sonata by W. A. Mozart and piano works by Johannes Brahms and Claude Debussy to more modern, light hearted numbers like “The Girl in 14G” by Jeanine Tesori and “Taylor, the Latte Boy” by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler. Despite the wide range of selections, the evening seemed to coalesce into a fantastic whole of music and togetherness.
The concert also featured a few duets, including piano duets by Moritz Moszkowski and Eugenie Rocherolle and a Sergei Rachmaninoff piece featuring a flute and a double bass. The vast array of music kept the mood of the night ever-shifting and the audience perpetually on its toes, trying to keep up.
The entire evening radiated with a sense of camaraderie and fellowship unique to a group of musicians coming together and performing for a common cause. The musicians of the University of Indianapolis played and sang their best to raise the money to support Haiti relieve causes through the American Red Cross. It is good to see so many coming together to support a good cause, and hopefully they will do so again, should the need arise.