Harvard for Haiti benefit concert

by Lingbo Li

Reporter's update: It looks like the amount has now gone up to about $37,000. Last night's Harvard for Haiti benefit concert began with three pieces sung by the Harvard Glee Club, and ended with $34,000 raised for the Haiti relief effort. In her welcome address, President Drew Faust addressed online viewers as well as attendees, reminding them to hit the "donate" button. Proceeds went to Partners in Health.Performances included a haunting, original piece on guitar by Rachel Brown '10, dance pieces by the Harvard Modern Dance Company, Carribean Club Dance Team, and Merritt Moore '11, Ryo Goto '11 on violin, Charlie Albright '11 and Malcolm Campbell '10 on piano, the Radcliffe Choral Society, Kuumba, and a rousing drum call by the Drummers of the Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble.Interspersed with the performances were slideshows, reflections, and readings that expressed themes of solidarity, survival, and hope. Linda Dorcena Forry, a Massachusetts state representative, reminded the audience - which filled up the rafters of Sanders Theater - that the commitment to help rebuild Haiti was a long-term promise, and that work had just begun.Visit Partners in Health to donate!See the OFA's slideshow on the concert below: