UNH Holds ‘Katrina
Blues’ Concert For Hurricane Relief Nov. 10
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Nov. 2, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – “Katrina Blues,” a blues concert
and cabaret night to raise donations to aid in relief of Hurricane
Katrina, will be held Nov. 10 at the University of New Hampshire
Memorial Union Building Entertainment Center at 7:30 p.m.
The concert pays tribute to the multicultural background and musical
heritage of New Orleans, according to Claire Malarte-Feldman, professor
of French, who has organized the event with several professors in
the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, including,
Mary-Beth Rhiel, associate professor of German program; Nadine Bérenguier,
associate professor of French program; and Jaume Marti-Olivella,
assistant professor of Spanish.
“When you think of New Orleans, you think of culture and music,”
Malarte-Feldman said. “The ultimate goal of the concert is
to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina by appealing to the
generosity of everyone on campus.” She stressed that although
Hurricane Katrina seems like it’s well in the past, for many
people it is very much in their present, with hundreds of thousands
of people across the U.S. Gulf Coast still displaced. Therefore,
it is important that money continue to be raised to help those affected
by the hurricane.
The performers will include UNH faculty and a grad student, as well
as artists from Portsmouth. Darby Tench, who teaches Italian,
will perform a repertoire of songs that convey the emotions coming
out of New Orleans, accompanied by pianist Arlene Kies, lecturer
in the department of music. Ray de Marco, a talented jazz
pianist from Portsmouth; Kate Dulmage, a graduate student and jazz
musician; and well-known Quebequoise singer Lucie Therrien also
Proceeds will benefit FoodNet, a nonprofit organization in Lafayette,
Louisiana whose mission is to provide food for the needy in the
Lafayette area through volunteer efforts and donations. Started
in 1987, FoodNet has taken on a special role during the Hurricane
Katrina relief period by providing food for evacuees and Lafayette
residents sheltering evacuees in their homes.
Tickets can be purchased at the MUB Ticket Office as well as at
the door on the night of the concert for $10, $20, or $50. Other
donations are welcome.