NDNU Music Department Presents Piano Concerts For Haiti 

Belmont, CA, January 19, 2010 — The Department of Music and Vocal Arts at Notre Dame de Namur University will put its best tunes forward this month to assist earthquake victims in Haiti. As part of its Ralston Performers Series, The Department will present two concerts, the first on Sunday, January 24 at 4 p.m. and the second on Sunday, January 31 at 4 p.m., in the historic Ralston Mansion Ballroom. Proceeds made at both concerts will be donated to relief programs targeted toward Haitian earthquake victims.

The first concert will feature the Saint Michael Trio, a group formed in 2007 that has made its mark on the Northern California music scene. Three pianos combine in fresh interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire, spanning from the classics to contemporary tunes, including jazz, pop, and rock. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for Haitian earthquake relief. Three members of NDNU’s piano faculty – Thomas Hansen, Daniel Glover, and Michael Schmitz – will present the second concert, “Piano Fantastique”. This performance will include the California debut of Richard Faith’s Dances for Piano, which was recently published with a dedication to Michael Schmitz. The pianists will also perform works by Balakirev, Barber, Chopin, Chabrier, Smetena and Prokofiev, plus the seldom heard Rachmaninoff Pieces for Piano, Six Hands. Admission is $20, students and seniors $10, with all proceeds going to Haitian earthquake relief.

“The suffering of the people of Haiti and the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, call out to all of us to assist the victims of this tragedy in any way we can,” said NDNU president Judith Maxwell Greig. “The NDNU community has come together very quickly to galvanize as much support as possible for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. In addition to efforts of the Music Department, other groups on campus are also taking the initiative to help.”

The Ralston Hall Mansion is located on the NDNU campus at 1500 Ralston Ave. in Belmont. For tickets and information, call 650.508.3729 or email concerts@ndnu.edu.