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Portland concerts to benefit Haiti earthquake victims

Haiti, January 19, 2010

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David Stabler

The Oregonian
January, 2010

There may be others, but Thursday's concert at the Aladdin Theater appears to be Portland's first large-scale benefit concert for Haiti. Musicians include pianist Thomas Lauderdale, hip-hop artist Cool Nutz, Portland Cello Project and singer Storm Large. Money goes to Mercy Corps.

Other performers include Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki with pianist Grace Fong-Iwasaki, Broadway veteran baritone Douglas Webster (Les Miserables), singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller, and local choral ensembles Flash Choir, PHAME Academy Choir and the Grant High School Royal Blues.

"Songs for Haiti": 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 503-234-9694. Tickets -- $30 general admission -- go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Also, the cast of Portland Opera's "Cosi fan Tutte" will donate 50 percent of the ticket sales from their Wednesday, Jan. 20 concert at the Scottish Rite Center to Mercy Corps. The concert is at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30 ($10 students) or $50 premier seating (with and a reception with the singers after the concert).

Singers include Roberth Orth, Ryan MacPherson, Keith Phares, Angela Niederloh, Christine Brandes and Lauren Skuce.