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By Robert Starling

'Sweet Songs of Liberty' Concert to Benefit New York Disaster Victims

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A number of popular Utah musicians and performers are donating their time and talent in a special fund-raising concert for victims of the New York Sept. 11 disaster. "Sweet Songs of Liberty" will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus.

Artists scheduled to perform include Kenneth Cope, Brett Raymond, Cherie Call, Bryce Newbert, Stephen Perry, The Sterling Singers, Dallin Balis, Utah Valley Mass Choir, Diana Walker Neve, Tir na n'Og (the McMaster Family) and the Salt Lake Children's Choir.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at Kingsbury Hall (801-581-7100) for $8. Since this is an all-volunteer event, every penny of the $8 will go into a special fund established for victims of the disaster. Organizers will work with East coast relief groups to directly assist specific families and individuals in need.

The event is being sponsored and organized by MoV'N Pictures Incorporated, Webb Audio Visual Services, and Soularium Recording Studios. The three sponsors will also work together to record the event and sell a CD to benefit the New York victims. Orders for the CD will be taken at the concert or ordered online after the show at The CD will be priced at $10. The three sponsors are volunteering their services to produce the CD, therefore the only money that will not be donated to disaster victims from the $10 will be the duplication and mailing costs.

According to MoV'N Pictures CEO Jon Pierre Francia, " My wife, Carrie, woke up the other day and said, 'I've got to do something to help the people in New York, and I want to put on a benefit concert.' So she and a friend, Tara Starling, started making calls, and by the first afternoon, they had so much support from so many tremendous artists, that my organization jumped in with our professional contacts and technical personnel to see that it all comes together."

He added, "We have what looks to be an amazing, emotional show put together for Saturday, and I am so grateful to everyone who has come on board to make it happen. I just wish there were more than the 1900 seats available for what I am sure will be a tough ticket to get." He also suggested that concertgoers might want to bring their own Kleenex, because "this terrific musical program is really going to touch the heart".

Carrie, Tara, and all the volunteers want to send a strong message to New York and Washington (and Afghanistan) that Utahns care about the victims of this tragedy and are willing to do something about it.


'Sweet Songs of Liberty' Concert to Benefit New York Disaster Victims
Robert Starling 25Sep01 US UT SLC A2


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