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Benefit Concert with Carol Ann Weaver and Rebecca Campbell

Posted on January 30th, 2004

Rebecca Campbell and Carol Ann Weaver
Rebecca Campbell (l.) and
Carol Ann Weaver

Two Canadian musicians will present a benefit concert for the Conflict Transformation Program (CTP) at Eastern Mennonite University 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the sanctuary of Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 N. College Ave., Harrisonburg.

Carol Ann Weaver and Rebecca Campbell, fresh from a successful European tour, will present an eclectic program of music that transcends age and genre boundaries, fusing folk, traditional, avant garde and jazz. One such work is “Piece of a Rock” in memory of Iraqi civilians killed in the current war.

Ms.Weaver, a Harrisonburg native, is associate professor of music at Conrad Grebel College/University of Waterloo where she teaches composition, jazz, women in music and theory. She has released two compact discs of her music, and a third recording, “Awakenings,” in collaboration with Rebecca Campbell, premiered in November 2003.

Critics laud Weaver’s work for its daring, its vitality, its blending of cultural voices and embrace of various styles.

Campbell has broad experience singing and recording rhythm and blues, soul, swing, bluegrass gospel and traditional jazz. She also plays guitar.

Called “a Canadian treasure,” Campbell’s music is described as “emotionally rooted, honest, lyrical, adventurous . . . interactive and full of surprises.” She is a member of “Three Sheets to the Wind,” an all-female a cappella trio, and recently completed a North American tour with Jane Siberry.

Dessert will follow the concert. Contributions will be accepted for the Conflict Transformation Program’s scholarship fund for its 2004 Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

For more information, contact Bonnie Price Lofton at 540-432-4234 or e-mail bonnie.lofton@emu.edu.

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