Singing for Haiti--An Evening of Classical Music with Denná Good-Mojab
Thirteen-year-old Denná Good-Mojab will appear in concert on April 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm at HART Theatre in Hillsboro, Oregon. All profits from this fundraising event will be donated to support Mercy Corps' work in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Her goal is to raise at least $5,000 through ticket sales for her concert, additional donations at the concert, and donations through her Mercy Corps fundraising webpage. The concert program will include classical songs, operatic arias, and other works in English, Italian, German, and Farsi. Ms. Good-Mojab has studied voice with Christine Meadows, the Director of Opera at Portland State University. Ms. Meadows said, “Denná Good-Mojab is a talented and brilliant young singer. At age 13, she possesses an innate and mature understanding of music and performing. One can only imagine how far she will go!”
Denná Good-Mojab is currently a sophomore at Eastern Oregon University. In 2007, she debuted with the Portland Opera as the Second Spirit in Mozart's "The Magic Flute." She was ten years old. She sang again with the Opera in its 2009 production of "La Bohème." In June 2010, she will graduate from high school at the age of 13, having taken only 1.5 years to complete high school graduation requirements at Estacada AllPrep Early College through being a full-time college student. In the fall of 2010, she will attend Portland State University, double majoring in English and music--with an emphasis on voice. Ms. Good-Mojab said, “I am organizing and performing in this concert because I want to help the people of Haiti survive and recover from this disaster. Even though two months have passed since the earthquake struck, this crisis is far from over. I want to do my part to help by raising funds for Mercy Corps.”
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Up to 200,000 people were killed and 3 million people were left in urgent need of aid. Mercy Corps’ team of emergency response experts has been in Haiti since the earthquake, working to meet survivors’ immediate needs for clean water, food, shelter, and hygiene. They are now also helping Haitians move toward long-term recovery and self-sufficiency. Mercy Corps’ programs include the provision of clean water systems and safe latrines, the distribution of hygiene kits, flood management projects, a cash-for-work program employing Haitians to clear debris and restore buildings, training parents and caregivers to provide specialized support to children suffering from post-traumatic stress, and establishing safe spaces for children in tent camps. A representative from Mercy Corps will be at the concert to talk about the organization's ongoing work in Haiti and to accept additional donations.
HART Theatre is owned and operated by Friends of HART, a non-profit community orgranization dedicated to enriching the greater Hillsboro community by providing quality live performing arts. According to Carrie Boatwright, co-artistic director of HART Theatre, “HART is excited to help Denná Good-Mojab raise funds for Mercy Corps’ work in Haiti through hosting her Singing for Haiti benefit concert. The extraordinary talent that this young lady brings to the stage will make this a concert not to be missed.” Ms. Good-Mojab last performed at HART as Helen in the 2010 production of “A Christmas Story.”
Tickets for the concert are $35 each and open seating only. For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets, contact HART Theatre at 503-693-7815 or visit www.hart-theatre.org. For more information about Mercy Corps, visit www.mercycorps.org. To make a donation to Singing for Haiti, visit Denná Good-Mojab’s Mercy Corps fundraising page at http://www.mercycorps.org/fundraising/dgoodmojab.
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