Two Scripps College Music Professors Organize Benefit Supporting Relief Efforts in Philippines

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Faculty and students in the Scripps College Music Department have rallied to organize “Remember, Rebuild, and Sustain: ‘Walang Iwanan,’” a benefit event on Feb. 2 to raise support for ongoing relief efforts.

As Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda swept through the Philippines in November, it quickly became known as the deadliest typhoon to hit Southeast Asia. Now, faculty and students in the Scripps College Music Department have rallied to organize “Remember, Rebuild, and Sustain: ‘Walang Iwanan,’” a benefit event on Feb. 2 to raise support for ongoing relief efforts.

The benefit includes a workshop and a variety of musical programs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. All of these events are free and open to the public. At 12:30 p.m., Annie Cuevas, director of tourism of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles and Tony Olaes, chairman of Gawad Kalinga USA, will discuss the aftermath of the typhoon and ensuing earthquake in Boone Hall of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 231 E. 10th St.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., two concurrent pre-concerts titled “Musicking that Matters” will take place in Boone Theater and in Pattison Courtyard located just outside of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center. These events will feature performances by students from The Claremont Colleges.

The main benefit concert begins at 3 p.m. in Garrison Theater of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 231 E. 10th St. This event will feature students and faculty from the Scripps College Music Department and The Joint Music Program of Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer Colleges. Filipino, European and American repertoire will be performed.

Audience donations will be collected at each performance. Proceeds will benefit Gawad Kalinga, a Filipino philanthropic organization dedicated to rebuilding communities. A limited number of guaranteed seats will be available for a pre-paid donation. Ticketing information is at The remaining 500 seats for this free event are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A capacity audience is expected. For more information, please call the Scripps College Music Department at 909-607-3266.


Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in Southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.


A four-time United States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador, Hao Huang has gained critical acclaim in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Winner of the Overman Foundation first prize, the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship at Harvard, the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for European Study, Huang has appeared as concerto soloist with the Brevard Music Center, Music in the Mountains, New Haven and Garden State Symphony Orchestras, the Banatul Philharmonic of Romania and others. He has performed as guest soloist at the twelfth George Enescu International Music Festival in Romania, and was also honored as an American representative to the Barcelona Cultural Olympiad associated with the international Summer Olympic Games in Spain.

Holder of degrees from Harvard University, the Juilliard School and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was a Graduate Council Fellow, Huang is the Frankel Endowed Chair in Music at Scripps College, where he is also Chair of Music and senior adviser to the president for international initiatives. Huang has also served on the faculties of the School of Music at Converse College and the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar, Germany.


An accomplished vocal soloist in opera and oratorio, Anne Harley is a specialist in both contemporary and early music and has appeared across North America and Europe with Opera Boston, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Unlimited, The American Repertory Theatre, The Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and Boston Camerata. She spent several seasons performing new works at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada) and at the Tanglewood Festival. She debuted in Europe at Amsterdam's Conzertgebouw as the lead in Handel's Acis and Galatea. In conjunction with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Oberlin College, she recreated leading roles in the modern-day premier of Royer's Le Pouvoir de l'Amour. In 2009, she was honored to create the role of Margaret Mead in the world première of the dance-opera A House in Bali by Evan Ziporyn, with libretto by Paul Schick, in the Water Palace Theater in Ubud, Bali, which she reprised at CalPerformances and BAM. Her solo performances are available on Hänssler Profil, Naxos, Sony Classics, Dorian, Canteloupe, Musica Omnia and BMOP/sound, among others.

Presently Assistant Professor of Music at Scripps College, Harley taught previously at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Longy Conservatory.

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