Music with a Mission

Joint Concert with Red Deer Youth and Community Orchestra!

FUNDRAISING CONCERT: featuring two local youth orchestras and youth choir; Red Deer Youth and Community Orchestra, directed by Heather Ensley, and Rosedale Valley String Orchestra, directed by Naomi Delafield. In addition, guest choir: ‘Ilhana’ directed by Lisa Ward. Saturday April 7, 7:00 pm, at First Church of the Nazarene (2 McVicar Street, Red Deer). Free Admission, donations accepted. Proceeds from the concert and silent auction to benefit the 100 Classroom Project for Afghan Children.

This concert will feature both the old classics and new music. Audience members can look forward to not only hearing both youth orchestras together, but also joined with ‘Ilhana’ youth choir for the final segment of the concert.  In between the music, during two intermissions, audience members may wish to bid on several stunning gift baskets donated by local businesses as part of the silent auction.

A Better World 100 Classrooms Project Manager Azalea Lehndorff has been recognized as one of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30. Azalea has been working to provide equal opportunities for girls to receive education in Afghanistan since 2010. This year, the 100 Classrooms Project goal will be met with the completion of two more schools. On April 7, RVSO and RDYCO hope to raise enough funds for a science lab at one of the new schools.

Afghanistan was the origin of a current 15 year relationship between ABW and RVSO. In 2003, RVSO raised funds for children in Afghanistan who had been injured by landmines.  Eric Rajah then flew to Afghanistan for the first time to visit the project and the children. This is not the first time RVSO has raised funds for Lehndorff’s 100 Classroom project.  For the orchestra to return to this project one last time is incredibly meaningful since Afghanistan is where they first began their journey of ‘Changing the World One Note at a Time.’

For more information about the 100 Classrooms project, please visit www.abwcanada.ca,  Eric Rajah (co-founder) erajah@abwcanada.ca or Azalea Lehndorff (project manager) alehndorff@gmail.com. For more information about the concert, please contact Naomi Delafield naomistreehouse@gmail.com or Heather Ensley thisviolinplayer@gmail.com.