Concert for a Cause at Augustana
Posted on February 15, 2013 by Christopher Thrall
On Tuesday, March 5th at 8 pm Augustana students from the studio of Dr. Milton Schlosser will present a piano recital in support of local charity Sahakarini.
On Tuesday, March 5th at 8:00 pm Augustana students from the studio of Dr. Milton Schlosser will present a piano recital in support of local charity Sahakarini. No admission will be charged, but donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. Refreshments will follow, along with an opportunity for informal conversation with the performers and a Sahakarini representative.
Nine students, ranging from 1st to 4th year, will each perform a piece of solo repertoire that they have been working on during the year. First year students will have a chance to try out their public performance skills for the first time in Camrose, while senior students will use the opportunity to prepare for solo recitals later in March and April. The program will feature an exciting variety of works, including pieces by Chopin, Debussy, Copland, Prokofiev, and more.
The decision to support a local charity stems from Schlosser’s interest in showing students how they as musicians can relate to the community and the world as a whole. “Pianists are often seen as cut off from the rest of the world and too engrossed in their art to pay attention to global concerns. This concert is a way of reversing that image and demonstrating the power of the arts to initiate change” he explains. The choice of Sahakarini also reflects interests of the students, who held a vote to decide which charity to support.
Sahakarini is a local non-profit organization that seeks to promote understanding, accountability and cooperation while aiding some of the world’s poorest countries. It currently has projects active in Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, and India. The projects focus on issues such as environmental sustainability, education and health care, clean water, and equal opportunities for women. Sahakarini also hosts a speaker and film series free of charge at Augustana and around town as a way to increase local awareness about global issues. For more information, see the Sahakarini website.
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