Rescheduled Harrison student charity concert happens April 20

After a snowstorm derailed their February plan, a group of student musicians will on April 20 present an expanded Orchestrating for Freedom concert, held at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills.

Money raised will benefit Freedom House, a temporary home in downtown Detroit for survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking legal asylum in the U.S. and Canada.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

Students from the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony who live in Walled Lake, Berkley, and Salem have been added to the 7 p.m. concert program. The audience will hear from Lauren Williams, viola; Jack Block, trombone; Matthew Natole, trombone; Lizzie Kagen, saxaphone; Yunseo Cho, cello; Rosie Burns-Pavlik, cello; and other students.

A representative from Freedom House will speak, along with a former resident.

Harrison student Burns-Pavlik plans to use funds she will receive as a Farmington Optimist Club Leadership Award honoree to promote the concert. She will also perform during Festival of the Arts, held April 12-14 at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills, to help get the word out.

Tickets to Orchestrating for Freedom are $3. Free-will donations will be accepted, along with gift cards to Target or Meijer to help residents buy the things they need.

Harrison High School is located at 29995 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills. The auditorium is in the back of the school across from the football field. To help or get more information, write to Burns-Pavlik,


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