Students to give benefit concert for tsunami victims

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Tonight, a group of student musicians will perform a concert of classical music at 8:00 in Lang Concert Hall as a benefit for victims of the late December tsunami in Asia. Organized by senior Roy Sriwattanakomen, the concert will be comprised of a varied program of classical music for strings and piano, and all donations will go to Action Against Hunger, a group which is working to rebuild areas hit by the tsunami by providing humanitarian assistance, particularly rations and sanitation equipment.

“I heard about the tsunami over break and I wanted to do something to help the people that were affected,” said Sriwattanakomen. “People get tired of tabling…we could use our talent to raise money.” He hopes that the concert will attract Ville residents and faculty as well as students, and notes that Vice President Maurice Eldridge reserved 40 seats for faculty. It is also the Friday evening activity for this weekend’s Board of Manager’s meeting. “I hope it will draw everyone together,” he said.

Students performing include Alex Atanasiu, Emery Ku, Serena Le, Emiliano Rodriguez, Sriwattanakomen himself and two Fetter Chamber Music Program groups, a string quartet and the string sextet. The program will include works by Brahms, Chopin, Copland, Bach, Kabalevsky and Dvorak. The suggested donation is $5, but contributions of any size are welcome.

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