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Benefit concert to be offered free of charge, donations accepted

September 27, 2005

The benefit concert performed by faculty and students from the music departments of Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University will be offered free of charge for anyone interested in attending, and donations will be accepted to aid victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The concert, titled “A Concert for Hurricane Relief,” will include romantic masterworks, Broadway show tunes, Brazilian choro, and two tributes to the music of New Orleans and will take place in the ACU Williams Performing Arts Center recital hall on Thursday at 8 p.m.

“We want this concert to be our gift to the community,” said Dr. Greg Straughn, chair of ACU’s Department of Music and coordinator of the benefit concert. “We don’t want the cost of attendance to be a barrier for anyone. Everyone should feel free to attend and make whatever donation they feel is appropriate.”

Because seating is limited, please reserve tickets by sending an email to gregory.straughn@acu.edu or arrive early on the night of the performance.

The idea for the concert came from students at ACU who were interested in putting on a benefit performance, Straughn said.

“ACU’s student music organization wanted to do a benefit concert that would involve students and faculty,” Straugh said. “We decided it would be even better to invite students and faculty from all three universities to participate, and we have had an overwhelming response.”

All donations will be given to the American Red Cross.

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