Giving A Theme at “Concert for Haiti”

Published : Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010, 9:42 PM CST

APPLETON – As people in Haiti continue their struggle to survive after the devastating quake, people in Northeast Wisconsin are coming together for a special relief concert. On Wednesday, Lawrence University hosted the “Concert for Haiti” at the school’s Memorial Chapel.

In the midst of desperation music can offer hope. The “Concert for Haiti” did even more, lifting spirits while raising funds for a disaster even the Red Cross struggles to describe.

“There are immediate needs, food, shelter, water, medical supplies, search and rescue, things that people need right away to survive,” Barbara Behling with the Red Cross said. “In the coming weeks those needs will expand.”

Behling says money donated at the concert will help fund Red Cross relief efforts, as well as benefit a now-destroyed music school Lawrence University has worked closely with for years.

Behling says the response of donors and volunteers has been enormous. She says the deployment to Haiti has been the largest one-country response in Red Cross History.

“To put that into context, it is larger than the 2004 tsunami in which we were serving 14 countries,” Behling said. “So, this one small country is receiving a lot of resources, man power, supplies.”

All desperately needed. Lawrence students organized the benefit concert, which featured past and present student musicians, a world-renowned cellist, the Milwaukee Lutheran High School choir and guitarist Jeremiah Nelson among others.

“It’s like a call to arms, it’s cool to see everyone jump and pitch in,” Nelson said.

He wanted his performance to strike a hopeful tone and a call to give. As concert goers streamed in for the 7p.m. performance, it seemed generosity was on the program.

In addition to donations for the Red Cross, Lawrence is collecting music and instruments for the music school they hope to one day help rebuild.

“I think it’s very important and I’m kind of proud at how the attendance at this is and how everybody is donating money,” Samantha Brockman of Kaukauna said.

She says one person can make a difference, bringing hope and healing along with a song.

You can watch a 30 minute special on the “Concert for Haiti” on FOX 11 Thursday night. It begins at 9:30.

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Gearing up for Concert for Haiti

Published : Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010, 6:14 AM CST

APPLETON – FOX 11 is proud to team up with the American Red Cross and Lawrence University in Appleton for “Concert for Haiti,” an event to help raise money for the victims of last week’s devastating earthquake.

Some of the donations from this event will benefit the Holy Trinity School in Port-Au-Prince, where Lawrence University’s music department has been teaching Haitian students music.

Angela Kelly spoke with some of the music faculty, students and the Red Cross on Wednesday about their experiences and relief operations in Haiti and how everyone is getting ready for the special event.

Donations from Wednesday evening’s “Concert for Haiti” will also benefit the Red Cross.

Click to view video of interviews all morning long on Good Day WI.

Can’t make the concert event? Then tune into Fox 11 for a re-broadcast of this wonderful event. 

  • January, 21 – 9:30pm
  • January, 22 – 5:30pm
  • January, 30 – 5:30pm


Concert for Haiti; Wednesday, January 20

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Students and faculty at Appleton’s Lawrence University are still trying to reach friends, colleagues and students at a now collapsed Haitian music school they’ve worked with closely for more than ten years.

The news is trickling in slowly. It’s been both good and bad. Some at the school have been saved, others are still trapped in the devastation.

“Wait, wait that looked like him,” student Carolyn Armstrong said pointing toward the computer in her Professor’s office.

For days now, the small room has been consumed with worry.

“There’s just always this feeling in your guy, you don’t know where this person is, you don’t know if they’re okay, when they’re going to contact you,” Armstrong said.

She left Haiti just three weeks ago, after traveling to the country with other Lawrence students and faculty to teach music. Now, as she looks at a report on the school she left behind, the shock is evident.

“It’s complete devastation, there’s still people trapped in the rubble, they’re still freeing people,” Music Professor Janet Anthony said.

Anthony has spent every summer since 1996 at the St. Trinity complex in Port au Prince. She says the convent there has collapsed, those inside were able to escape. But the trade-school is completely gone and an elementary school flattened. Then, there’s the music school.

“The accounts that people have told us are really, are really not good,” she said. “I mean it really just sandwiched on itself.”

Anthony doesn’t know if they’ll ever know how many victims were there, but they’ve made a list as the faculty and students frantically try to reach the Haitian people who’ve become friends.

“One of our students was freed literally just hours ago with a torch,” Anthony said.

Every rescue brings relief, though celebrations are short-lived.

“You look at the list and you realize that’s one person out of a hundred, it’s been, its been really hard,” Armstrong said.

The lines of communication are beginning to open, but those they reach say conditions haven’t improved.

“They don’t have water, they don’t have food and this is the third day,” Anthony said.

So, the University is planning a benefit concert for this Wednesday. Donations will go to the Red Cross and the music school they hope can one day rise again.

“They need it now, more than ever,” Armstrong said.

The “Concert for Haiti” will be held at the Lawrence University Chapel Wednesday, January 20, at 7:00pm. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Then on Thursday, FOX 11 will present a news special on the Concert for Haiti. It will be broadcast at 9:30pm Thursday.

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Scheduled performers include:

* A quartet of cellists who have all been to Haiti will perform a piece written by a 16-year-old Haitian student
* Harjinder Bedi and friends (pop style band)
* Renowned Improvisational cellist Matt Turner
* A Milwaukee choir will perform a Haitian piece of music