Pamela V. Pyle, 268-8779 or
Laurie Mellas-Ramirez, 277-5915
October 22, 2001
UNM ARTISTS PERFORM NOV. 3 TO BENEFIT AMERICAN RED CROSS
Musicians and artists from the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts
will hold a benefit performance "Raising Our Voices" for the American
Red Cross Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. in Popejoy Hall.
The effort will feature UNM faculty and students from the music, theatre, dance
and art departments in varied performances - from song and dance to spoken recitations
and instrumental music. Tickets are $7.50, adults; $5 students and $3, children.
Half the funds raised will go to the American Red Cross chapter supporting
east coast victims of Sept. 11 and the remaining half to the Rio Grande Red
Cross chapter, which has experienced diminished donations.
New hire Pamela V. Pyle, assistant professor of music and head of the UNM Collaborative
Piano Program, organized the event.
"I moved to Albuquerque from New York just three weeks before Sept. 11.
I felt paralyzed and helpless as an artist when the tragedy struck," Pyle
says. "Music was the only gift I could offer and it seemed somehow unnecessary
in the face of so many pressing needs. Organizing artists to raise funds for
those directly affected seemed like a good way to help."
Pyle's UNM colleagues will fill the stage Nov. 3 in support of her goal to
raise more than $10,000 for the Red Cross. "I believe the UNM community
can be a motivating force at this time of national tragedy," Pyle says.
Representing the Theatre and Dance Department are playwrights Digby Wolfe and
Jim Linnell and theatre professor Henry Bial; flamenco artist Eva Enciniãs-Sandoval,
choreographer Jennifer Predock-Linnell, members of the Bill Evans Dance Company,
and dance professor Rujeko Dumbutshena performing African dance.
The Music Department features David Felberg conducting a faculty/student orchestra
with Kevin Vigneau, English horn, and Jeff Piper, trumpet, performing Aaron
Copland's "Quiet City." Pianist Pamela V. Pyle, event organizer; singer
Bradley Ellingboe, classical guitarist Michael Chapdelaine, Las Cantantes and
members of the UNM Marimba Band will also perform.
Art Department faculty member Margery Amdur has involved her studio class in
creating an abstract tree of life based on Gustav Klimt's painting "Tree
of Life." The student work will be on display in the lobby. Special lights
designed by faculty Basia Irland will be on stage during the performances.
Members of the UNM benefit program committee are Pyle, Predock-Linnell, Amdur,
Bial and Irland.
"I would like UNM to be seen as a resource for social response,"
Pyle says. "With our performances I think we can give something of significance
to the community, and through the Red Cross, we can have a direct impact on
the country and the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy."
Tickets are available at the UNM Ticket Office, 277-4569; any ticket.com outlet, 851-5050, or www.tickets.com.
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