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Westchester musicians, church choir to hold Haiti benefit on Thursday


Here’s a video I took yesterday at ArtsWestchester in White Plains, where a group of musicians are organizing a benefit for Haiti relief Thursday night. They are members of the choir at the French Speaking Baptist Church of White Plains.

<a href=”http://www.lohud.com/assets/mov/choir_lohud.flv” title=”Anarchy Media Player – Right click to download file” ><em>Flash video:</em></a>

From left to right are Lirose Supreme of Yonkers, Alen Myrthil of Elmsford, John Dorcinville of Greenburgh and Stephanie Saintil of Yonkers.

The choir will share the stage at the White Plains Performing Arts Center with Guy Davis, guitarist Wali Ali, singer Mala Waldron, flutist Ragan Whiteside, vocalist Lynette Washington and original Atlantic Starr members Porter Carroll and Sharon Bryant.

The choir members told me that their congregation meets to pray for loved ones in Haiti on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It remains difficult to communicate by cell phone, and so there is still a lot of confusion, Saintil said. Her mother is sleeping out in the open on the cold ground, she said, and family members are sick from the trauma.

A 19-year-old nursing student at Westchester Community College, Saintil said she is heartbroken that she is not old enough to sponsor her mother as an immigrant to the United States. In the meantime she is working whenever possible to support her mother. “Every time I get something, I try to send it to her,” she said.

For more info check the performing arts center’s web site or call 914-328-1600.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 at 3:43 pm by Leah Rae. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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