Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 21, 2013
In response to the devastation caused in the Philippines by typhoon Haiyan, the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia will host two concerts to raise money for Red Cross International. As news of suffering continues to stream in from the Philippines, Philadelphians wishing to help have an opportunity to contribute, and in return will hear beautiful music from promising stars and established artists in the world of opera.
First Presbyterian will present the benefit concerts at the church at 21st and Walnut Streets in collaboration with artists and alumni from the Academy of Vocal Arts. The concert dates are Saturday, November 30th and Saturday, December 14th, both at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $ 25. All proceeds and any additional donations will go to Red Cross International.
The inspiration for these concerts came from First Church member and AVA alumnus Jeffrey Halili, who is of Filipino heritage. I couldnt lay claim on my heritage and on my faith if I didnt try to do what I could to help, said Halili. And what I can do is sing and reach out to my dearest friends who can sing as well. Im very grateful that so many of my colleagues and teachers at AVA and my church family at 21st and Walnut are able to make these concerts happen. To be able to put together two concerts with two completely different and wonderful sets of artists and to perform in such a beautiful venue is a real gift. I hope that we can do something very special via the Red Cross for the people of the Philippines.
The concert on Saturday, November 30th will feature AVA alumni and resident artists Cody Austin, Cynthia Cook, Marina Costa-Jackson, Dominick Chenes, Jesus Garcia, Jeffrey Halili, Michelle Johnson, Jessica Julin, Luis Ledesma, Jack LiVigni, Margaret Mezzacappa, Jeremy Milner, Cristina Nassif, Musa Ngqungwana, Jason Switzer, James Valenti, and John Viscardi, joined by pianists Ghena Meierson, Danielle Orlando, Richard Raub, Tim Ribchester, and Laura Ward.
The concert on Saturday, December 14th will feature AVA alumni and resident artists Zach Borichevsky, William Davenport, Eric Dubin, Jeffrey Halili, Jennifer Hsiung, Ryan Kuster, Jeremy Milner, Chloe Moore, John Packard, Diego Silva, Jason Switzer, Richard Troxell, Moses Yungbae Yang, and Corinne Winters, with pianists Jos