Students tune in for a musical cause
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.