Baltimore musicians organize benefit concert to support anti-bullying efforts
The issue of bullying in schools never seems to go away, and the consequences of unchecked bullying never seem to lessen. The much-publicized suicides earlier this year of several gay teens harassed by classmates drove this point home in a particularly powerful way.
In response to the persistent problem, Baltimore area musicians have put together a benefit concert on Sunday "to raise awareness about bullying in schools and abate the hate," says conductor Gordon Green, who co-organized the event with violist Robin Fay Massie.
The program features Musicians of Mercy, an ensemble Massie co-founded last January to help raise money for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Dozens of volunteers have stepped up to help with the event onstage and off.
In a cool touch, Green has chosen popular works by great composers who happened to be gay, including
The concert, titled "Stand for Love," is scheduled fore 5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 5) at Baltimore's First Unitarian Church. Although there is no admission fee, a suggested donation of $15 is requested.
If you can't attend, you can mail a contribution to: Abate the Hate Benefit, c/o First Unitarian Church, 1 W. Hamilton St., Baltimore, MD 21201 (make check payable to First Unitarian Church of Baltimore; write "benefit concert" on the memo line).