Saddleback vocalists use music to raise funds for Japan

MaryAnne Shults

When Saddleback College voice major Amani Kabbara witnessed the tragedy in Japan of March 11, it reminded her of the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. When asked to help organize a benefit concert, the singer didn’t hesitate.

“I felt It is a necessary step and something that I am really passionate about, extending a helping hand through art,” Kabbara said. “When I watched TV as the powerful water wiped out the helpless people, I was tremendously shocked and horrified, and felt of how little we are as humans in front of this type of disaster.”

To raise funds for victims of Japan’s recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the Irvine Young Concert Artists will host a benefit concert, “A World Apart…In Music Together,” on Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at 5 p.m.

Members of Saddleback College Choirs, Saddleback Master Chorale and Saddleback Women’s Camerata as well as vocalists from other community and church choirs will come together as the Japan Relief Choir, accompanied by the various instrumentalists of the IYCA.

Tickets are $10, and free for children under 10. Additional donations will be accepted in the Theatre lobby.

Vocalists interested in participating, see the event’s Facebook page at