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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 7, 2005

UI Student And Faculty Present New Orleans Hurricane Benefit Concert Oct. 17

Students and faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music will present "Higher Ground," a concert to benefit the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, a public high school program that was closed by hurricane Katrina, at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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

The benefit concert was organized by the UI student chapters of the Music Therapy Association and Music Teachers National Conference (MTNA).

Performers from the School of Music faculty will include soprano Rachel Joselson, baritone Stephen Swanson, violinist Scott Conklin and the Maia String Quartet. A number of student ensembles will perform: the Pan American Steel band, the UI Flute Ensemble, the Double Reed Ensemble and a jazz group, among others.

Alan Huckleberry is the faculty advisor of the student MTNA chapter. He commented, "As we all know, the Gulf Coast of our country was hit by two major hurricanes in a short amount of time. The destruction and devastation was immense.

"In the aftermath of this tragedy the American people stepped up in an unprecedented fashion. And in this vein, the students of the School of Music have stepped up as well. The concert will demonstrate the great artistic strengths of our faculty and students. In turn it will also showcase the immense importance music has for our minds, bodies and souls.

"It was important for the students to find a cause where they would be of direct help, and have it related to music or musicians. I believe that they have found the ideal cause: The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is truly an amazing, non-profit organization, located in the center of New Orleans, right on the Mississippi. It serves the needs and education of many highly talented pre-college music, dance, poetry and art students in the greater New Orleans area. Needless to say, the school was totally devastated in hurricane Katrina.

"If our benefit concert can help in any way to re-open the doors of this gem, then I believe we must do everything possible to make it happen! There is no admission to this concert, but donations will gladly be received at the door. Anything our audience members can do to help will be greatly appreciated."

One hundred percent of the money raised by the concert will be sent to the American Public School Endowment, which in turn will give the aid to the NOCCA. Checks should be made out to UISCMTNA (University of Iowa student chapter of the Music Teacher's National Association).

The concert is sponsored collaboratively by the UI School of Music, Target Stores, Best Buy, House of Aromas and Real Compact Discs & Records.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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