Concert will aid violinist’s drive to build conservatory in Haiti

Violinist Victoria Joseph and pianist Natasha Stojanovska will be the featured artists Saturday night when Friends of Music Education for Haiti presents a benefit concert at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall.

Executive director of the nonprofit is Romel Joseph, whose ordeal after the January 2010 Haitian earthquake made headlines around the world. The quake severely injured the blind, Juilliard-trained violinist, trapped him in the rubble of his Port-au-Prince music school and killed his pregnant wife.

Victoria Joseph, who is his daughter, and Stojanovska will perform Grieg’s Sonata No. 2 in G, Franck’s Sonata in A, and Richard Strauss’s Sonata in E Flat at 8 p.m. Saturday at Gusman, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables.

Use of the concert hall is being donated by the university, and all proceeds from the concert will benefit Friends of Music’s effort to build a conservatory and performing arts center for children in Haiti.

Tickets are $10 at friendsof The organization’s telephone number is 786-380-4533.

Kathy Martin

Company debuts

What if Works, a new company led by artistic director and Florida International University theater professor Phillip M. Church, launches on Thursday with a production of How It Hangs, a comedy by South Florida native Grace McKeaney.

Vicky Collado, Michelle Antelo, Melissa Ann Hubicsak, Lali Navarro and Gabriel Bonilla are the young professionals who appear in the play about once-abused women supporting each other. A percentage of ticket sales will benefit the Plantation-based No More Tears, which helps victims of domestic abuse.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at City Church, 1700 N. Krome Ave., Homestead; 8 p.m. Aug. 29-30 at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107th Ave., West Miami-Dade, and 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at a No More Tears gala at the Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Tickets are $12 at the first two venues, $20 for the gala;

Christine Dolen

Area premiere

Area Stage, known for the challenging and topnotch work done by its conservatory students, is planning a pair of professional productions for its 2012-2013 season.

David Rimmer’s Album, a coming-of-age play about two teen couples in the ’60s, will run Oct. 5-21. Then Area’s John and Maria Rodaz will team with producer-playwright Arthur Whitelaw for Letters from Camp, a world-premiere play with music inspired by letters and diary entries from children of the Holocaust that’s scheduled to run May 10-26.

Area Stage, 1560 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables, will hold auditions for its productions and classes on Saturday; 305-666-2078,

Christine Dolen

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