Chatham News

Chatham faculty and students present a special benefit concert and reception to Celebrate Japan on April 2

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
March 28, 2011

PITTSBURGH (March 25, 2011) … Chatham University’s Japanese students along with Pauline Rovkah, director of the music program, and Bruce Rosenthal, director of business programs, are combining their talents and love for Japan to present a concert and reception to benefit the survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Celebrate Japan will feature some of Pittsburgh’s most accomplished musical artists, as well as a showcase of Japanese culture, on Saturday, April 2. For more information call 412-365 2433 or email

The event begins with a concert of classical, jazz and contemporary music at 3:00 p.m. in the Campbell Memorial Chapel, followed immediately after with a reception featuring Japanese art, food and clothing in the James Laughlin Music Hall. Suggested donations for the concert are $15 for adults and $5 for students; and $5 for adults and students at the reception. Donations benefit Brother’s Brother Foundation and will be accepted at the door; no reserved seats are available.

“So many of us at Chatham have connections with Japan – friends, colleagues and family – from our international students and faculty as well as me and my wife, Yoko. All of us have been concerned about our families and friends since the tragedy, but also concerned with the tens of thousands of Japanese people whose lives have been destroyed,” Mr. Rosenthal said. “Although the country has already started the process of rebuilding they are still in need of supplies and humanitarian aid for the survivors. This is an opportunity not only for Pittsburgh’s strong Japanese community to come together but also for our fellow Pittsburghers to join in support of those people 6,000 miles away who – in the end – are our fellow travelers.”

The concert will feature:
Mark Huggins, associate concertmaster PSO
Tatjana Chamis, associate principal viola PSO
Michail Istomin, cello PSO
Michael Lipman, cello PSO
Jennifer Orchard, violin PSO
Yuko Uchiyama, violin PSO
Jeff Grubbs, bass PSO
Betsy Heston, assistant principal bass PSO
Micah Howard, bass PSO

Lilly Abreu, soprano
Roger Zahab, violin
David Bennett, cello
Yeeha Chiu, piano
Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble (PBE), Rick Murrell artistic director, trumpet
Pauline Rovkah, piano
Leon Salcedo, guitar
Takeaki Miyamae, flute

Maureen Budway, jazz vocalist
Jessie Glovier, jazz vocalist
Tania Grubbs, jazz vocalist
Kenia, jazz vocalist
Jessica Lee, jazz vocalist
Donna Bailey Sauers, jazz vocalist
Genie Walker, jazz vocalist
Howard Alexander, jazz piano
Thomas Glovier, jazz piano
Roger Humphries, drums
Daniel May, jazz piano
Eric Susoeff, guitar

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit