Remember and act: Japan

Enjoy beautiful music Saturday night while supporting victims of recent earthquakes in Japan

I learned just this morning of a classical concert to benefit earthquake victims in Japan. It’s taking place at 7pm on Sat, May 7, at the Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix.

The concert, titled “Pray for Japen–Sound of Cherry Blossom,” is made possible by “the generous and voluntary support of the performers and the collaboration of Xavier College Preparatory.”

The two-hour event features pianist Naoko Garrison and friends, who’ll present a piano solo, piano duo, small ensemble and voice solo.

Performers include Rosabel Choi (piano), Stephen Cook (piano), Naoko Garrison (piano), Jennifer Shinyoung Ju (piano), Sukhyun Jung (piano), Allison Stanford (soprano), Jennifer Waleczek (piano) and Jessica Yam (piano).

All proceeds of the evening will be donated to Catholic Relief Services “to help the victims of the earthquake in Japan.” Click here for event and ticket info.

As we’re all mindful this week of victims of the 9/11 tragedy and our nation’s commemoration of Holocaust remembrance week, let us not forget those in other parts of the world who need us to remember and act.

Victims of natural disasters in Japan, Haiti and other parts of the globe. Americans still living with the aftermath of Katrina, the Gulf oil spill and recent natural disasters that cut across a sizable swath of our own country. And those worlds away struggling to end genocide or to usher in freedom.

Too often we feel powerless, and so we turn away and do nothing — even when small opportunities to make a difference exist so close to home.

The “Pray for Japan” concert is one way you truly can help those in need. It’ll only cost you the price of a ticket, which is nothing compared to the price people in Japan are paying now for all sorts of things beyond their control.

Remember Japan — and act.

— Lynn

Note: The Virginia G. Piper Center for the Performing Arts at Xavier College Preparatory is home to all sorts of dance, music and theater events — including one act plays (“Frosh Follies”) taking place at 6pm this evening. Admisson is free, so consider a trip tonight to check out this amazing performing arts venue before you return Saturday to enjoy the “Pray for Japan” concert.

Coming up: Homeless youth bring their stories to the stage


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