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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 21, 2005

UI Musicians Present Concert Feb. 5 To Benefit Tsunami Relief Efforts

Faculty and students in the University of Iowa School of Music will put their talents together in support of relief efforts for the recent tsunami disaster in Asia and eastern Africa, in a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, featuring both faculty and student performers, will be free of charge. Contributions for tsunami relief will be accepted at the concert.

The concert was organized by School of Music faculty member Alan Huckleberry and the collegiate chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), of which he is the faculty advisor on the UI campus.

“The vast destruction of this catastrophe is unimaginable,” Huckleberry said. “As musicians we must do what we can, to use the power of music in order to help. An occasion such as this makes me think of what Victor Hugo said about music, that it ‘expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent’.”

“The project has been greeted with great enthusiasm by all members of the School of Music,” Huckleberry said. “We wanted to do something right away, and people have been really generous in their willingness to be a part of the concert. But because we’re moving so fast the program is not yet complete. We’ll probably be putting it together up to the last days before the concert.”

“We’ve had both faculty and students eager to be involved. There will be a wide variety of music and instruments, including performances by faculty members Delbert Disselhorst on organ, Kenneth Tse on saxophone and Benjamin Coelho on bassoon, I’ll be playing piano, and several student ensembles will perform.”

Huckleberry explained that donations accepted at the concert would go to the American Refugee Committee. “This group, based in Minneapolis, is endorsed by the U.S. State Department,” Huckleberry said. “It has been mainly involved in relief efforts in Thailand. The specific project that will be supported by this benefit concert is to buy fishing boats for the fishermen who lost their boats in the tragedy. This is a pro-active and direct way of helping these people become self-sufficient as soon as possible.”

Those unable to attend the concert who wish to contribute to tsunami relief through the American Refugee Committee should contact Huckleberry at

“I hope people will want to help this cause and join us for an evening of beautiful music and reflection,” he said.

For more information about University of Iowa tsunami relief efforts visit

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