Stu­dents tune in for a mu­si­cal cause

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Sar­wat Nasir sar­wat@khalee­j­times.com

dubai — A group of Dubai stu­dents is putting on a mu­si­cal show to raise funds for a hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps en­sure ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for all.

Around 15 stu­dents from the GEMS Dubai Amer­i­can Academy are a part of the show, called ‘Mu­sic Diplo­macy’, which will be held at their school on Oc­to­ber 17. The en­try fee will be Dh5 per per­son and all of the pro­ceeds will go to Dubai Cares.

The hour-long show, which is open to the pub­lic, will in­clude self-com­posed mu­sic by the stu­dents, live per­for­mances by the school’s jazz band and a guest speaker from the Rashid Cen­tre for the De­ter­mined Ones.

Sami Geier, a stu­dent and the brain be­hind the event, told Khaleej Times: “Mu­sic is some­thing that every­one lis­tens to and en­joys, but I feel most peo­ple don’t re­flect on how im­pact­ful mu­sic can be and how it can work to bring to­gether peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds. By do­ing so, a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion for mu­sic can be formed. This char­ity event high­lights these pos­i­tive ef­fects while also rais­ing money for a good cause.

“Also, an­other pri­or­ity is to en­cour­age stu­dents to show­case their tal­ents and pas­sion for mu­sic. In a coun­try that is com­posed of many in­ter­na­tional back­grounds, it is in­ter­est­ing to see how cul­tural in­flu­ences may also have an ef­fect on the stu­dents’ per­for­mances.”

Geier, an Emi­rati-Amer­i­can in Grade 12, will be show­cas­ing his

Mu­sic is some­thing that every­one lis­tens to and en­joys, but I feel most peo­ple don’t re­flect on how im­pact­ful mu­sic can be.”

Sami Geier, stu­dent or­gan­iser

I think be­ing in­volved in the com­mu­nity is im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in a place like Dubai, where a lot of the pop­u­la­tion are ex­pats.”

Varun Gupta, stu­dent per­former

own self-com­posed mu­sic as part of the show.

“This show will help mo­ti­vate other stu­dents as well. It will have a lot of reper­cus­sions even af­ter the event if we de­cide to con­tinue with it,” he said.

One of the stu­dent per­form­ers, Varun Gupta, believes more stu­dents should ac­tively get in­volved and cre­ate char­ity events as such. Gupta is a mem­ber of the school’s jazz band and will be play­ing the sax­o­phone dur­ing the char­ity con­cert. “I think be­ing in­volved in the com­mu­nity is im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in a place like Dubai, where a lot of the pop­u­la­tion are ex­pats,” he said.

Char­ity work isn’t new for Gupta, who has pre­vi­ously vol­un­teered at or­phan­ages and schools in Ghana.

The stu­dent jazz band that will per­form on Wed­nes­day.

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