The UTC music department presented a concert for Haitian relief Tuesday Feb. 2.
(UTC-The Loop) Music department groups including Chamber Singers and Chattanooga Singers appeared at the First Baptist Church Golden Gateway to raise money and premiere a new piece. Men and Women’s choir also joined in the performance that included soloists and the UTC Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Kevin Ford and Roland Carter directed the sons for the evening.
The idea came from the students who, at first, planned to use the money for a scholarship. Instead the singers chose to raise money to benefit those affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti.
Chamber singer Shaina Ferguson of Knoxville, Tenn. thought the event was a success. “I thought that overall the concert went well. All the hard work and extra rehearsals paid off. It seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves.” Ferguson stated, “A lot of students suggested using the money to benefit Haiti. Everyone thought that would be a better idea.”
Red Cross made an appearance to help collect money after the performance ended. The Red Cross has been one of the many leaders in collecting money in the help for Haiti. They continue to receive donations on their website. If you would like to help, you can do so by clicking here.
On top of being a part of the relief efforts for Haiti, the music department decided to do the United States premiere of a piece from composer Steve Dobrogosz. The Requiem was a forty-five minute work that first was performed overseas in Stockholm before making its way to Chattanooga Tenn. The Requiem (mass for the dead) is one of 800 compositions from North Carolina native Dobrogosz.
For upcoming performance be sure to visit the UTC Music Department website for more information.