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Posted on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 1:29 p.m.

Concerts4aCause: 'Love Song to American Traditions' to benefit Community Action Network

By Ann Dwyer

Attending a concert Sunday could lead to a 14-passenger van for the Community Action Network. It's true. The Northside Community Church's Concerts4aCause will benefit CAN so that they can buy a gently-used van to "transport children and parents to school events, and for field trips during afterschool programs and summer camps," according to the press release.

The concert's theme is "Love Song to American Traditions" and will feature works by Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives, African American and Puerto Rican composers and jazz artists. Performers include tenor and U-M emeritus professor, George Shirley; Detroit Symphony Orchestra clarinetist, Shannon Orme; pianists Xavier Suarez and Concerts4aCause director, Kathryn Goodson; and students from the U-M Black Arts Council and local high schools.

CAN is an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit that partners with Washtenaw County children and families from under-resourced neighborhoods in order to carve out a better future for themselves and improve their communities.

The concert itself is free, but donations will be taken before and after the event. There will be an on-site reception after the concert.

Sunday, February 17, 2013. 7 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. The Northside Community Church is located at 929 Barton Dr., Ann Arbor. 734-662-6351.


Joan Doughty

Sun, Feb 17, 2013 : 5:57 p.m.

We are extremely grateful to Concerts4aCause for selecting Community Action Network as the beneficiary-nonprofit today. Having attended one of its concerts before, I know attendees will be treated to a wonderful evening of beautiful music. Thank you, Kathryn Goodson and her colleagues, for sharing your musical gifts with the community and for contributing to local nonprofits. I look forward to seeing many music lovers and nonprofit supporters this evening, Joan Doughty Executive Director Community Action Network

Tina Bissell

Sun, Feb 17, 2013 : 2:56 p.m.

this is going to be such a win-win experience!


Sun, Feb 17, 2013 : 3:29 a.m.

What a fun event to help CAN continue doing the amazing work they do!

Ken Olson

Sun, Feb 17, 2013 : 1:10 a.m.

CAN is a wonderful organization and this concert (with donations) will allow them to expand their valuable services.

Janis Bobrin

Sat, Feb 16, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

This is going to be a great concert, and any contributions will enable a wonderful non-profit to better serve low-income residents in Ann Arbor. Terrific way to spend a cold Sunday evening.