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Syracuse Opera Chorus Performs Benefit Concert for Haiti
Proceeds from February 13 event to benefit American Red Cross International Response Fund

February 5, 2010

Director of Music Douglas Kinney Frost will host a benefit concert featuring the Syracuse Opera Chorus singing "Showstopper" excerpts from well-known musicals and operas. Music from Madama Butterfly, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Carmen, and others will be featured during the performance.

"As artists, we feel supported by the local community," said Douglas Kinney Frost. "It is very important that we have the opportunity to affect our global community in a meaningful way," he added.

The concert will be held on Saturday, February 13, at 4:00 p.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church located on 14 Jamar Drive in DeWitt. A free-will offering is requested, proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

Marci Henderson, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross, added, "The American Red Cross deeply appreciates the generosity of the Syracuse Opera Chorus and its patrons in providing help to the victims of countless crises, like the recent earthquake in Haiti, around the world each year providing immediate relief and long-term support through food, supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need."

About Syracuse Opera

Celebrating its 35th year, Syracuse Opera enriches the lives of the people of upstate New York through locally produced opera, the one all-inclusive art form that celebrates the beauty of the human singing voice energized through the spectacle of live theater. Offering three mainstage productions each season and year-round community performances and education programs, Syracuse Opera is a professional company reaching over 60,000 people each year. For more information, please visit www.SyracuseOpera.com or call (315) 475-5915.

About The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

The American Red Cross is in Haiti as a part of the broader and coordinated Red Cross and Red Crescent network. Red Cross teams are on the ground assessing ways to not only meet the immediate needs but also provide long-term recovery assistance, such as restarting the local market economy and addressing housing needs. The Red Cross is working to help survivors with needed health care to address community health needs and the emerging threat of the spread of infectious disease. Because of the generosity of donors, people in Haiti will receive more than immediate relief - they will receive resources, support and training from the Red Cross that will help them recover and rebuild in the years ahead.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michael A. Connor
Director of Advancement
315-475-5915
mac@syracuseopera.com