Chatham News

Chatham hosts classical and jazz benefit concert for Friends of Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti on January 30 – UPDATED LIST OF ARTISTS POSTED

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
January 21, 2010

(January 21, 2010) … An all-star lineup of Pittsburgh’s classical and jazz artists will take the stage of Chatham University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel for a special Haiti Earthquake Relief Concert on Saturday, January 30 at 4:00 p.m. Presented by the University and organized by Pauline Rovkah, director of Chatham’s music program, and the Office of Student Affairs, the concert will benefit the relief efforts of Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, which has been treating earthquake victims since the early hours of devastation on January 12.

The concert will include works by Mozart and Rachmaninov, Villa-Lobos and Rodgers & Hammerstein, Handel and Brahms.

Cash or checks made to “Friends of HAS Haiti” will be accepted with a suggested donation of $10-25 per person. Directions to the Shadyside Campus and parking information are available at For more information call 412-365-1125.

To date, the scheduled performers include guest artists from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as other musicians and singers:

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performers:
Jeremy Black, violin
Marylene Gingras Roy, viola
Jeffrey Grubbs, bass
Michael Lipman, cello
Hampton Mallory, cello
Dennis O’Boyle, violin
Jennifer Orchard, violin
Richard Page, principal bass clarinet

Other artists:
Lilly Abreu, soprano
Howie Alexander, jazz pianist
Daphne Alderson, contralto
Cello Fury
Cello Cello/David Bennett and Paula Tuttle
Yeeha Chiu, piano
Etta Cox, jazz vocalist
Thomas and Jessie Glovier, The Phoenix Jazz Project
Tania Grubbs, jazz vocalist
Kenia, Brazilian jazz vocalist
Robbie Klein, saxophone
Max Leake, jazz piano/composer/producer/recording artist
John Marcinizyn, guitar
Daniel May, jazz pianist/composer/producer/recording artist
Rick Murrell and The New Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble
The Ortner-Roberts Duo
Eva Ostrakovna, soprano
Pauline Rovkah, piano

Pittsburgh and Chatham have held a long-standing relationship with Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS). Chatham trustees, faculty and students were involved with the hospital throughout the 1990s.

About Chatham 
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

About HAS
Inspired by the work of Albert Schweitzer and his ethic of “reverence for life”, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti was founded by the late Americans Dr. Larimer and Gwen Grant Mellon in 1956. HAS Haiti has continuously served 300,000 people in a 610 square mile region of the Artibonite Valley of Haiti for the past half century. Today, HAS is an integrated system dedicated to prevention as well as cure. Surgery suites, hospital facilities and laboratories are joined with mountain clinics, agricultural services, clean-water systems, and reforestation efforts to provide a healthier life for the 300,000 people in this 610 square mile area. The needs at HAS have increased dramatically as they administer medical care to those most affected by the recent earthquake. HAS deeply appreciates the many expressions of help and caring that are coming from around the globe in response to this devastating tragedy. For more information visit

About Friends of HAS
Founded in 1999, Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (FHASH) is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is “to expand awareness of the culture and art of the Haitian people and of their need for health services, economic development and improved environmental conditions. The Friends also designs and implements projects in support of HAS’ mission of improving the health and well-being of the people in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley.” FHASH implements key projects and programs, including a Haiti Timber Re-Introduction Project (HTRIP), and a Rehabilitation Technician Training Program (RTTP) at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS). Current status of FHASH projects/programs is available online at, and via blog at