Thursday, February 10, 2011

'Songs,' a Haiti benefit

The following is from the Gloucester Times 2-10-11.  The church hosting the concert is one I have visited and one whose vestry has come on an annual retreat to our Boston convent for years now.  They are a great group of people, and we certainly appreciate what they are doing to raise money for Haiti.  So if you are not occupied Sunday and live in eastern MA, there are now not one but two opportunities for wonderful music to benefit Haiti (see earlier blog entry for more information: ).

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St. John's Episcopal Church of Gloucester is hosting a music concert, "Songs of Love and Peace," on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. to raise money for two local charities that provide assistance to the people of Haiti.

The concert features a Gloucester soprano Sarah Wetzel, alto Sue Lupo, and Kathleen Forgac on piano. They will present a program of English and Irish folk songs, Mendelssohn duets, and art songs of Ravel, Ives, Rorem, Barber, Vaughan Williams and Ricky Ian Gordon

All money raised will be donated to Haiti Relief programs, organized by another Gloucester resident Sarah Hackett, who has been working in Haiti for decades. This Valentine's concert, organized by the church's outreach committee, will benefit Haiti Projects Inc. and the Society of St. Margaret's convent in Haiti.

"We need to put back on the radar the suffering that the people of Haiti continue to experience more than a year later," said Charles Curti, a member of the St. John's Vestry.

Haiti Projects Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help the people of Haiti help themselves. It operates in Fond des Blancs, a poor, mountainous area 75 miles west of Port-au-Prince where most of the inhabitants live on less than $1 a day. For details, visit .

The Sisters of St. Margaret are an Episcopal religious order who established a convent in Port-au-Prince in 1927. Although their convent was destroyed in last year's earthquake, the sisters continue to provide social services and direct a home for the elderly.

The church is located at 48 Middle St. in Gloucester. Suggested donation is $15 at the door. For more information, call 978-283-1708. Parking also available at the adjacent lot off Washington St.

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