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Hope for Haiti, Gala Benefit Concert and Silent Auction May 2

Date Released: 4/16/2010

Music and dance by Conservatory students, silent auction of student art. Fund raiser for Haitian relief and rebuilding presented by Project Haiti at Performing Arts Center.

Hope for Haiti a Gala benefit concert and silent auction by students from the Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatories will raise funds for Haitian relief and rebuilding efforts Sunday, May 2 in the Performing Arts Center.


Tickets $30, $10 for Purchase students.  Call 914-251-6200 or online at


The silent auction from 5-7 PM will include works of art in all media donated by students from the School of Art + Design and is an opportunity to acquire art from emerging artists.


The Concert at 7 PM will include the Purchase Brass Ensemble performing J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in d minor.  


The "Jet Whistle" for flute and cello by Heitor Villa-Lobos will be performed by Toshiyuki  Shibata and Elizabeth Cook.


Sergei Prokofiev's Quintet Op. 39 will feature Jessica Beberaggi, Spencer Rudolph, Ian Shafer, Alejandro Ceballos, and Michael McClure. 


Dance performances will include original works choreographed by Conservatory students. 


The program will conclude with "The Individual's Struggle" performed to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet no. 8 and choreographed by Yael Baifus, Lauren Camp, Francois Des Maretau, Marissa Joseph, Kaitlyn Hayes and Courtney Lopes.  


The event is part of "Project Haiti," an ongoing educational and cultural student collaborative headed by student Francisco Donoso.  The group's goal is to mobilize students to organize educational workshops that celebrate the resilient and unique culture of Haiti.  In addition to fund raising they hold discussions about Haiti's history, politics, economy, social climate and its future.   


Funds from the benefit will be given to two organizations: the Institut Monfort,  a school for over 600 deaf and blind children with facilities in three locations; and to Urban Resurrection, a Miami based non-profit which supports 23 individual organizations working in Haiti such as the Baptist Haiti Mission, Samaritans Purse and Worldwide Village.   


Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.