Performers Provide Relief To Haiti

Big name music producer Quincy Jones and singer/songwriter Lionel Richie worked feverishly hard to complete the 25th anniversary edition of the legendary African famine relief song, “We Are the World” in its new incarnation for Haitian earthquake relief.  The song is scheduled to premier February 12, 2010 at the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics. Pop music’s A-list of current performers and some legendary singers who didn’t perform on the original song, gathered in Los Angeles after the Grammy awards to record this newest version in their effort to help raise funds for Haitian relief.

Locally performers have taken action as well.  The Morgan State University Choir will perform on Kent Island on February 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund.  Morgan State is performing as a part of the Four Winds Performing Arts Center’s 2010 concert series.  Four Winds has joined forces with True Value Company and its local hardware stores.  True Value is matching all donations.

“True Value Company is committed to helping those affected by the earthquake and will partner with our retailers to support the relief effort. Through February 19, 2010, True Value Company will contribute a dollar-for-dollar match to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund for every contribution one of our retailers makes to an organization providing relief to Haiti,” said Lyle G. Heidemann, president and chief executive officer in a letter to his retailers.
Local True Value operators are jumping on the band wagon to participate.  “Our customers have been generous in supporting the store’s efforts and we are proud of our company’s corporate program to match the funds we raise,” said Mike Christopher of Stevensville, whose family owned Christopher’s Hardware in Bethesda is participating in the True Value program.

The American Red Cross is working with its international partners to provide assistance to those affected by the series of catastrophic earthquakes that hit the small island nation of Haiti on January 12.  “Assistance provided by the American Red Cross may include deploying personnel, sending relief supplies, and providing financial resources,” according to its web site.

Join the cause and support efforts to help rebuild Haiti.  Morgan State University Choir will perform its traditional spirituals, some contemporary selections and songs from Porgy and Bess in its concert on Kent Island.  The Morgan State University Choir, under the direction of Dr. Eric Conway, is a body of singers known for its tradition of excellence.  This prestigious choir has performed with big-name orchestras throughout the country including recent concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall with Bobby McFerrin and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and again at Carnegie Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with music director,  Marin Alsop.  This performance’s recording was nominated for a 2009 Grammy — Classical Album of the Year.

Come see this world-renowned choir on February 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Four Winds Performing Arts Center (inside Christ Church Kent Island) 830 Romancoke Rd. Stevensville.  Tickets are $20 and available online at or by calling 888-770-4120.