Friday, January 22, 2010


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

MICHAEL M. KAISER, President in coordination with the Embassy of Haiti presents

Friday, January 22, 2010

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Free

featuring Haitian Dance Band Tabou Combo, Members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Haitian Singers Felina Backer & John Pierremont, Georgetown University's Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir
Followed by
The National Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor Iván Fischer
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.
Proceeds from Both Concerts to Benefit Haitian Relief Effort

 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in coordination with the Embassy of Haiti, invite you to attend a free musical benefit for the relief efforts underway in Haiti on Friday, January 22, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. Tabou Combo is Haiti's preeminent dance band, showcasing the infectious rhythm of Haiti's national dance music konpa. They have toured and earned fans around the world and are recognized as Ambassadors of Konpa. Additionally, members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform Serenade for 13 Winds by Richard Strauss, and Haitian singers Felina Backer and John Pierremont and the Georgetown University Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir perform. This performance is prior to the 8:00 p.m. National Symphony Orchestra concert from which proceeds will benefit the relief efforts underway in Haiti. At both performances, there will be designated receptacles where patrons can deposit donations for the Haitian Relief Effort.

Following the benefit concert on the Millennium Stage, the National Symphony Orchestra, Iván Fischer, Principal Conductor, will perform Air from Bach's Suite No. 3 in D major, and continue with their previously announced program:  Mozart's Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 ("Prague") and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth") with mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and tenor Stig Andersen. Proceeds from the NSO concert will be sent to the "Haiti Relief and Development Fund" of the American Red Cross.

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