SC State University to Participate in “More Light for Haiti” Relief Benefit Concert

Monday, February 1, 2010

SC State University will participate in “More Light for Haiti,” a benefit concert to assist the victims of Haiti. The concert will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at 7 p.m. in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Columbia, S.C.

“More Light for Haiti” is one of two Haitian benefit concerts spearheaded by Dr. Robert Grenier, associate professor of Music in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at SC State University.  The second concert will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Arts Center, Orangeburg, S.C.

“When I heard of the devastation in Haiti I immediately contacted Mark Husey, director of Music and Liturgy at St. Peter's Catholic Church and asked if he could provide a venue for a benefit concert,” said Grenier. “‘More Light for Haiti' was his response. It was quick and definitive,” continued Grenier.

Grenier's field of research is the art-music of Haiti.  “I have lectured, promoted concerts, published several scholarly articles and contributed to the Grove's Dictionary of Music, all on the subject of Haiti's music,” noted Grenier. “It is important that the music of Haiti be featured in some way in the concerts,” he continued. 

Haitian selections for the concerts will be performed by SC State student Stephon Miller, senior music education major and voice student of Grenier. Miller will sing six songs in Haitian Creole by Haitian composer, Werner Jaegerhuber (1900-1953), from a collection of 24 edited by Grenier. The songs include: “Erzulie Malade”, “Vévélo”, “Dambalâ Oh!”, “Erzili Oh”, “Erzulie” and “Gros loa moin.”

A second Haitian oriented piece will be Grenier’s “Voodoo, A Fantasy for Bass Tuba based on Voodoo Melodies from Haiti.” The composition will be performed by University of South Carolina (USC) professors, Ronald Davis (tuba) and Charles Fugo (piano), who originally premiered the composition.

Under the direction of Dr. Richard Beckford, SC State University’s Concert Choir, along with the Sandlapper Singers and the Gallery Choir of St. Peter's Church, are among several guests also scheduled to perform.

All proceeds from the “More Light for Haiti” benefit concert will be used in an effort to aid victims of the recent earthquake in Port-a-Prince, Haiti.

For more information on the “More Light for Haiti” benefit concert contact Dr. Robert Grenier at 803-536-8595.