Haitian Piano Concerto: Tropical Fantasy
Sunday, January 22, 2012
6:00pm - All Ages
United Presbyterian Church Peoria (map)
2400 W. Northmoor Rd.
Peoria, IL 61614
The program, mainly of Haitian orchestral works, will include some
fascinating new arrangements by Julio Racine of traditional Haitian tunes
and Fantaisie Tropicale, a remarkable 15-minute work for piano and orchestra
written by Haitian composer Justin Elie, who wrote for the NBC Symphony in
the 1920's, featuring Joshua Russell, as soloist.
Proceeds will go toward camp expenses and helping provide airfare for
experienced teachers, including Haitian musicians living in the U.S. to participate in the summer music camp for Haitian youth.
This past July the three-week music camp was held in Cange, Haiti. a tiny mountain town with wonderful facilities thanks to Dr. Paul Farmer's Partners in Health (their
headquarters in Haiti) and the Cange Episcopal Church. This area was not
affected by the tragic earthquake of two years ago, and the relative
prosperity of this region is a testimony to Haiti's potential for progress.
About 250 youth particpated, from both the Holy Trinity Music School and the local villages. Small music programs have been springing up all around Haiti in recent years there are at least 20 at present many of which have received some type of pedagogical help from the Holy Trinity program.
Music continues to be a profoundly important part of Haitian life, a potent
source of hope and expression.