Friday, December 30, 2011 'Firebrand performs music of Haiti in memory of earthquake'

[Justin Elie (Cover photo of sheet music for Nostalgie)]

The Haitian classical composer Justin Elie (1883-1931) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, Other Haitian composers featured at the website are Occide Jeanty, Ludovic Lamothe and Julio Racine:

The following was submitted by Firebrand Concert Series:
On January 7th at 8 p.m., the Firebrand Concert Series will present rarely performed classical music of Haitian composers in recognition of the hardships Haiti has faced and in honor of Greater Boston’s Haitian community. The concert will begin with Haiti’s national anthem performed by young Haitian cellists, who will share their experiences during and since the earthquake. Cellist Diana Golden and pianist Synthia Sture will then perform Haitian compositions from the 1850s to the present by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Justin Elie, Frantz Casseus, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Jean Perrault, as well as traditional folk songs.

Ms. Golden’s cello students, who immigrated to Boston from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, attend Open Access to Music Education (OAMEC) in Hyde Park, which is dedicated to engaging at-risk youth in music as a means of expression to cope with trauma. Any donations received for this concert will go toward the students’ music center. All of the Firebrand concerts are at St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish at 26 Washington Street in Malden. Tickets may be purchased for $12 from the Firebrand website or for $15 at the door. For audience members 14 years and under, tickets are $5 at the door.

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