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article imagePavarotti Hosts Charity Concert For Angolan Refugees

By Digital Journal Staff     May 23, 2002 in Lifestyle
PARCO NOVI SAD, MODENA, Italy (djc) - This year marks the 10th anniversary of PAVAROTTI & FRIENDS, one of the world's best-loved annual charity concerts which unites a vast range of music genres and artists.
The first Pavarotti & Friends concert took place in 1992 and, since 1995, Luciano Pavarotti has been raising funds through his annual charity concerts primarily to aid child victims of war and civil conflict. These concerts have funded ambitious children's medical and educational initiatives in the Balkans (Kosovo and Bosnia), West Africa (Liberia), Central America (Guatemala) and Asia (Cambodia and Tibet). Last year's concert funded women and children's medical and educational projects in the Afghanistan refugee camps on the borders of Pakistan.
This year concert will take place in Pavarotti's hometown of Modena, Italy on Tuesday, 28 May. The line up includes Andrea Bocelli, James Brown, Elisa, Augusto Enriquez Y Su Mambo Band, Grace Jones, Gino Paoli, Sting and Lou Reed.
All proceeds from Pavarotti & Friends 2002 ticket sales - alongside credit card donations made by the public throughout the evening - will be presented through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for medical, educational and water facilities to benefit almost 80,000 Angolan Refugees located in the camps of Mayukwayukwa, Meheba and Ukwimi, in the Zambia.
"It is deeply gratifying that so many wonderful musicians come to our concert each year to give their talents and time to help these vital causes. I always take advice from the United Nations on the areas we help - the humanitarian situation in Angola is just terrible. There is so much disease and malnutrition and the refugee population has grown increasingly desperate for help," said Luciano Pavarotti.
Pavarotti & Friends 2002 will be broadcast live by RAI TV - to be followed by subsequent international broadcasts - along with official national radio network RDS and local Radio Bruno.
The artists will be accompanied by the 70-strong Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana, conducted by José Molina. They will be joined by Italian children's choir, Ars Canto Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Silvia Rossi and a chorus of 30 children from Angolan refugee camps in Zambia, who travelled to Italy in April to begin rehearsals.
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