Events Offer Relief to Japan Through Song

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Among the ongoing efforts to assist disaster victims in Japan are several concerts taking place in Southern California. This weekend, two such events will be held.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Japan Relief Fundraiser, a tailgate-style party with live music, will take place at 1450 W. 228th St., Unit 30, in Torrance. The all-day event will feature three bands, an all-star jam, dancing, good, games, a hold’em tournament and a raffle.

One hundred percent of donations collected will go to the Japan Red Cross. Visit www.gumbomusic.org/japan_relief_040211/ for info.

On Sunday, the Irvine Young Concert Artists will perform a Japan Earthquake Benefit Concert, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theater, 4242 Campus Dr. in Irvine. Twenty young emerging artists will perform works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Haydn and Mozart.

Also on the program will be a guest choir composed of members from the Church of Christ Irvine Choir, the Orange County Friendship Choir, the Saddleback College Choirs, the Saddleback Master Chorale, and the Saddleback Women’s Camerata, who will perform selections from the Mozart Requiem and other works.

Tickets are $10 and donations will be accepted throughout the concert in the lobby of the theater. For more information, visit the Irvine Young Concert Artists at www.IrvineYoungConcertArtists or call (949) 338-1535.

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