September 8, 2017 10:49 am

King’s University College holds benefit concert for Hurricane Harvey victims

Two weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, a Western University affiliate is offering help.

King’s University College will be hosting a benefit concert to help raise money for those affected by the storm.

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“Tonight [Friday Sept. 8) we’re having a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Harvey. It’s featuring soprano Alexandra Smither. It’s happening at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel on Windermere on the Mount. Admission is pay what you can donate,” said Janet Loo, campus minister at King’s University College.

Smither is an award-winning soprano. She won first place at the prestigious Eckhardt-Grammaté National Music Competitio and was recently named as one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 Hot Classical Musicians by the CBC.

Smither has a personal connection to Texas. She lived in Houston for three years while she was studying for her master’s degree at Rice University.

“She’s been home for several weeks, and while this has all been going on she’s been very moved by what’s been happening in Texas. She approached us with the idea of putting on a benefit concert and asked if we would host and sponsor one. We said absolutely, yes, because it’s in keeping with the college’s mission and our parish’s mission to reach out to other people,” said Loo.

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With everything coming together so quickly, Loo says they don’t have any expectation as to how many people will come or how much money they will raise, but she’s hoping for the best.

“We know that every single dollar will count and will go toward those who need the funds the most. If we come up with several hundred or several thousand dollars that would be an awesome achievement,” said Loo.

Loo adds the concert will feature songs from opera and musical theatre.

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