"Songs For Haiti" Benefit Concert

“Songs for Haiti” is the resulting one-night-only show: a meditation on the enormous loss of life in Haiti; a celebration of hope; and ultimately a fundraising concert aiming to raise upwards of $25,000 for the Haiti disaster relief efforts of Mercy Corps.

100% of the proceeds will go to Mercy Corps.

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7:30 pm at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Portland.
Call 503-234-9694 for more information. Tickets go on sale 10 am Tuesday, January 19
Featured artists include pianist Thomas Lauderdale (of Pink Martini), hip-hop artist Cool Nutz, Portland Cello Project, Grammy-nominated pianist Janice Scroggins, Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki, singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller and the legendary Storm Large, among others.

TICKETS: $30, all seats (general admission). Call 503-234-9694 or go to aladdin-theater.com for more information – tickets go on sale 10 am Tuesday, January 19.


Pianist Thomas Lauderdale (bandleader, Pink Martini)
Holcombe Waller
Portland Cello Project
Grammy-nominated pianist Janice Scroggins
Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki, with pianist Grace Fong-Iwasaki
Baritone Douglas Webster, with cellist Elizabeth Byrd and singer-actress Erin Charles
Flash Choir (Sarah Dougher and Pat Janowski, artistic directors)
PHAME Academy Choir (Ben Landsverk, music director)
Grant High School Royal Blues (Katy Wagner-West, music director)
Cool Nutz
Legendary singer-actress Storm Large

PORTLAND – As the city reacts to the unfolding destruction in Haiti from the country’s recent devastating earthquake, a group of luminary Portland musicians has stepped forward to raise their voices – and some much-needed money as well – in support of our friends in Haiti.

Some of the marquee Portland performers appearing in “Songs for Haiti” include pianist Thomas Lauderdale (bandleader, Pink Martini), the Portland Cello Project, acclaimed hip-hop artist Cool Nutz, Grammy-nominated pianist Janice Scroggins, the legendary Storm Large, Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki with pianist Grace Fong-Iwasaki, Broadway veteran baritone Douglas Webster (Les Miserables), singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller, and local choral ensembles Flash Choir, PHAME Academy Choir and the Grant High School Royal Blues. Oregonian columnist Margie Boule and KOIN Portland 6 reporter Tim Joyce are the event co-hosts.

“In the midst of any tragedy, we return always to music,” says event co-producer Stephen Marc Beaudoin. “And each of these extraordinary artists has stepped forward to offer their talent to honor those lost and express hope for Haiti’s future.” In addition to each artist donating their time for the concert, the Aladdin Theater is generously donating its space and additional resources to help produce the event.


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