The Dean’s School of Music will hold a benefit concert in Ukraine on Saturday

Join many other benefit events for Ukraine, The Deanery School of Music is hosting a fundraising concert on Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. at The New School, 1103 Main St., Davenport.

It will feature Deanery faculty members, students and guest artists. Admission is free, donations are strongly encouraged. All donations from the concert will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Ukraine Relief Fund.

Slovak Red Cross volunteers help a family of refugees from Ukraine at Kosice train station to board another train on March 25, 2022. The station serves as a transfer point for refugees from Ukraine from where they will travel to other European countries. (Photo by Marko Kokic/IFRC)

The scheduled artists are:

  • Hannah Holman – cello
  • Aviana Holst – cello
  • René Lecuona – piano
  • Kathi Kelley – piano
  • Oleg Timofeyev – classical guitar
  • Ben Lorentzen – viola
  • Roots of Rhythm Trio – Richard Wagor on double bass, Pat Smith on guitar and Lynne Hart on clarinet

Holman (the school’s founder and artistic director), Timofeyev, Lorentzen, and Wagor are all Dean’s faculty members. Lecuona is a faculty member at the University of Iowa who frequently collaborates with Holman; Holst is a North Scott senior and Holman student, and Kelley is Aviana’s collaborative pianist.

The Deanery School of Music is at 1103 Main St., Davenport (photo by Jonathan Turner).

The Deanery is a non-profit organization aiming to provide an inclusive home for high quality music education, performance and collaboration in the QC area. It seeks to enrich and improve the cultural and social fabric of the community through music and education.

Holman is principal celloyou from Quad City Symphony Orchestra — a 16-year-old member, and first cello for the last 14.

The Dean officially opened in January, offering lessons in Suzuki violin, cello, chamber music, Alexander technique, music literacy, and there will be master classes, lectures and concerts. Eventually there will be a music technology program, jazz lessons and organ lessons.

As the fighting in Ukraine continues, the American Red Cross has donated $10 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help alleviate the suffering caused by this devastating crisis, according to the Red Cross. This support enables the Red Cross network to provide vital aid to people in need, both in the country and in neighboring regions.

In the office of the Uzhhorod branch of the Red Cross, volunteer Alieksandra Balabanova comforts a beneficiary who is breaking down in tears, March 23, 2022 (Photo by Marko Kokic/IFRC)

More than 10 million people have been displaced by this conflict, of whom more than four million have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries. An estimated 18 million people, or a third of the country’s population, will need humanitarian assistance, according to the Red Cross.

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