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Concert to benefit African children orphaned by AIDS

September 19, 2012

Concert to benefit African children orphaned by AIDS

September 9, 2012

The Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College will present a unique musical collaboration to benefit African children affected by the AIDS epidemic.

The event, to take place on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m., will feature performances by Drastic Measures, a Skidmore co-ed a cappella group, and The Chosen, a song and dance troupe of children from Uganda. The event is part of the MoHu Arts Festival, a 10-day celebration of the arts held throughout Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties.

The Chosen
The Chosen will appear with Drastic Measures.
Each year, Drastic Measures performs a charity concert and donates the proceeds to a specific charity. This year, the group has chosen the organization AOET (AIDS Orphan Education Trust), a grassroots program founded in Uganda to help communities care for children orphaned by the region's HIV/AIDS crisis.

Over the past three years, Drastic Measure has donated to Saratoga Bridges, an agency that serves adults who have developmental disabilities; ASPIRe NY, a group that helps teens and adults affected by autism; and a children's choir from Kenya. 

Performing with Drastic Measures will be The Chosen, composed of seven children ranging in age from 7 to 13 years. The AOET-sponsored group is visiting the United States to represent the millions of children in Africa who have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Though their stories and songs are rooted in tragic circumstances, the message they share is one of hope and love.

AOET operates in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, and Botswana with programs that aim to provide children with better health care, increased stability, physical and spiritual development, and general well-being.

Tickets for the event are $5 general admission. Donations will also be accepted for the AOET organization on the night of the performance.  For reservations click here or call the Zankel box office 518-580-5321 for more information. The Zankel Music Center is wheelchair accessible and offers listening devices for the hearing impaired.

The MoHu Arts Festival 2012 will take place Oct. 5-14. For more information go to

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