Benefit concert to raise funds for Harvey victims


A benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Harvey will be held Friday at Severance Hall in Cleveland.

It will feature musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra and students from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Credo Music.

Henry Peyrebrune, a bassist with the Cleveland Orchestra and executive director of Credo Music in Oberlin, spearheaded the concert.

Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

When Peyrebrune suggested the concert at a staff meeting, he said the response couldn’t have been more positive.

“It’s a kind of divisive time, but when something like this happens and you see that people’s immediate instinct is to ask, ‘How can I do something to help?’ it’s a really powerful and reassuring sentiment,” he said.

Cleveland Orchestra musicians are taking time away from their vacation week to play, he said.

James Feddeck, former assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and Oberlin Conservatory alumnus, will conduct.

On the program will be Igor Stravinsky’s 1919 suite from “The Firebird,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” John Williams’ “The Cowboys Overture,” Louis Panella’s “The American Red Cross March,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In Slavic folklore, the firebird is a magical glowing creature from a faraway land. Peyrebrune said the song is a metaphor for rising from the ashes, which he said is appropriate for what Houston will do.

“Music has a really powerful effect on bringing people together,” Peyrebrune said. “The hurricane brings to mind how dependent we are on food, shelter, water, work, and beauty. There’s a human need to experience something beautiful that makes us realize that there’s more to life, there’s more than this. And music is the way we do that.”

The concert will commence at 7 p.m.

Tickets — $20 for adults and $10 for students — are available at the Severance Hall ticket office, at www.clevelandorchestra.com, or by calling 216-231-1111.

More information about the concert can be found at www.concertforhouston.org.

Laurie Hamame can be reached 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.

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Oberlin resident and conservatory graduate, James Feddeck will conduct a Houston benefit concert on Friday, Sept 8. The performance will raise funds for the American Red Cross to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/09/web1_Feddeck.jpgOberlin resident and conservatory graduate, James Feddeck will conduct a Houston benefit concert on Friday, Sept 8. The performance will raise funds for the American Red Cross to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Terry Johnston