On Tuesday, January 12 a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, just outside the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Aftershocks continue, some up to a level 5, people are sleeping on the streets, going days without food or water. Thousands are dead, and many survivors are still trapped beneath the rubble.
Stephen and I were in Haiti only 4 weeks ago working on the film. The Holy Trinity School where we stayed and taught has been destroyed. The music school on the second floor has collapsed onto the professional school, everyone inside is presumed dead. Stephen, myself, Janet Anthony, and several other Lawrence volunteers who have traveled to Haiti, have spent the last few days trying to get information about the hundreds of students and professors associated with the music programs. We are also working hard to organize fundraisers, including the upcoming 'Concert for Haiti', a collaboration of Fox 11 News, the Red Cross, the Haiti Project for Music and Education, and Lawrence University. It will be held wednesday, January 21 at 7 pm, and will be televised on Fox 11 Thursday Jan. 21 at 9:30 pm.
The Lawrence University Faculty Brass Quintet
The Milwaukee Lutheran High School Select Choir
Bob Levy and John Harmon
Lawrence Haiti Volunteer Cello Quartet
Improvisation Cellist Matt Turner
Janet Anthony and Anthony Padilla
Harjinder Bedi, Carolyn Armstrong, and the Crowe Brothers
Free will donations will be accepted on behalf of the music programs we so desperately need to rebuild. We will also be accepting instruments and sheet music. Please consider attending what promises to be a moving and powerful event.
The event will feature footage from Bel Son Production's recent December trip, perhaps the most current of Port-au-Prince before the quake. As you might have guessed, this horrible event has significantly changed the focus of our film and the importance of it's story. Haiti music programs need your help now more than ever. Bel Son productions is accepting donations through Arts Wisconsin (see the How to get Involved page) and all funds go towards immediate releif efforts, and rebuilding the Holy Trinity Complex.
Thank you for your continued support in this time of extreme need.