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Aug. 22, 2006
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EMU musicians to participate in concert for health clinics

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University musicians will participate in “The Musical Ultimate,” a benefit concert hosted by the Foundation of Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (FOMAPI) and the Geetmala Foundation, Saturday, Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Northville High School Auditorium, 45700 Six Mile.

Seven EMU students and faculty will join more than 40 professional musicians and dancers to raise money for free clinics sponsored by the Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. The clinics, located in Taylor, Lansing and Flint, provide medical service to uninsured patients.

“It is a great opportunity for EMU faculty and students to become involved with the local Indian community in a musical event and to raise significant funds for local medical charities,” said Diane Winder, EMU professor of cello.

Participating from EMU are Winder; Dan Foster, EMU professor of violin; Kathleen Andrews, of Dexter, a senior in violin performance; Tasha Miner, of Waterford, a junior in violin performance; Akilah Merriweather, of Ypsilanti, a violinist in the teacher certification program; Kate Blaha, of Fenton, a junior in cello performance; and Marian Turner, of Ann Arbor, a senior in cello performance.

“There are two goals of this concert,” said Narendra Sheth, president of the Geetmala Foundation and producer/director for the event. “One is to raise money for this humanitarian effort and the other is to further develop the cultural and musical understanding between Eastern Michigan University and the Indian community.”

Tickets range from $35 to $150. To order, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: 28690 Southfield Road, Suite #190, Lathrup Village, MI 48076. Make checks payable to FOMAPI.





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