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Chatham University to host concert and film to raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims

PITTSBURGH: In response to the earthquake and humanitarian crisis in Nepal, Chatham University and the Nepalese Community of Greater Pittsburgh are organizing two events to raise funds for the thousands of people in Nepal dealing with this tragedy. The events include:

A Plea for Nepal: A Special Concert will be held on Thursday, May 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Campbell Memorial Chapel, on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. A pre-concert reception will begin at 5:30 p.m in Welker Hall, James Laughlin Music Center​. Emcee for the event will be Jim Cunningham, Artistic Director of WQED. Soprano Lilly Abreu, Bass-Baritone​ Guenko Guechev, Pianists Yeeha Chiu and Pauline Rovkah, will be joined by Guest Artists from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, including Lorna McGhee (Flute), Jennifer Orchard (Violin), Claudia Mahave (Violin), Marylene Gingras-Roy (Viola), Penny Brill (Viola), Erina Laraby-Goldwasser (Viola), Adam Liu (Cello), Bronwyn Banerdt (Cello), Alexandra Thompson (Cello), and Michael DeBruyn (Cello).  Donations to the Relief Fund will be accepted (minimum $15 donation). 

KOHINOOR is a musical love story based on the pressing issue of Nepali girl trafficking. The film will be shown in Nepali, with English subtitles. Lead actress and producer, Sweta Khadka, will be present. Two showings are scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2015, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., at the Eddy Theater on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Admission is by invitation with a minimum donation of $15.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has caused over 8,500 deaths, left 250,000 homeless, injured thousands, and left many people still unaccounted for. Rescue and relief efforts are underway, but the country is struggling to cope with the magnitude and scale of this disaster. Homes have been destroyed across the country and thousands have been left without food, shelter, clean water and medical care.

For additional information on these events, please contact Dr. Prajna Parasher at or 412-365-1182.