On Friday, September 8th, members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Credo Music, along with students from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory of Music performed together at the famed Severance Hall in Cleveland.
Conductor James Feddeck, a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, led the musicians through six compositions, including Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and the American Red Cross March.
Henry Peyrebrune, Executive Director of Credo Music, said, “When the Credo Music staff first considered the idea of this concert, we decided to go for it – first, because it’s the right thing to do, and second, because it would be a turbo-charged fulfillment of our mission to develop young musicians for a lifetime of using their musical gifts to serve those around them.”
100% of the income from ticket sales will go to disaster relief, in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. That’s in addition to the generous donations made at the venue and online. Funds raised total about $20,000.
Mike Parks, CEO of the Northeast Ohio Region, thanked the audience and the musicians for their support of the Red Cross.
“We have dozens of volunteers on the ground in Texas,” Parks said from the stage. “Your donations will help give them the resources they need to fulfill our mission, which is to prevent and alleviate suffering.”
And thanks to the time and talent of the musicians who filled the stage at Severance with the sound of a full symphony orchestra.
Theirs was a unique and welcome donation indeed.