NCHS Senior throws a concert for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Published 5:03 pm, Wednesday, October 20, 2010
What do David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Paul McCartney and NCHS Senior Catherine Chiocchi have in common? They are all musicians involved in either putting on or participating in benefit concerts.
Concerts are useful tools to shed light on various issues and causes around the world. In 2005, Live 8 was a global initiative to try and fight poverty featuring the likes of Alicia Keys, Will Smith, Elton John, Pink Floyd and countless others performing at multiple venues around the world. That same concert was inspired by Live Aid 20 years before it in 1985 raising funds for the Ethiopian famine.
Now while Chiocchi is not a world renowned artist with boundless resources at her disposal, she is nonetheless trying her best to raise awareness for the troubling problem of domestic violence.
"I'm planning the Love Is Respect Concert on Oct 27 at 7 p.m. in the NCHS Wagner Room. The concert showcases student singers, bands and performance groups, and all proceeds of the concert will go to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. The concert will finish off the school-wide efforts to raise awareness about Domestic Violence Awareness Month," she said.
When asked what really inspired her to do the concert she said, "I knew I wanted to do something for Domestic Violence Awareness month towards the end of the month. We had already been working with the New Canaan Domestic Violence Partnership earlier by handing out flyers and bracelets but this is so people are still aware even towards the end of the month."
The statistics for domestic violence in this country are startling. According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day. In 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner."
"While it can affect men as well, it is a problem that disproportionably affects women around the country and in New Canaan," Chiocchi said. According to statistics from the CCADV saying that women account for 85 percent of the victims involved in intimate partner violence, she is most certainly correct.
The Love is Respect Concert will help combat this dilemma by donating all ticket proceeds to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford and Norwalk. The DVCC provides a "24-hour hotline, safe houses, various children's services, counseling, court advocacy, and education and training for adults and children in the community."
All the musicians and performers at the concert are expected to be NCHS students. Chiocchi said, "It's really the most accomplished musicians in school coming together for this one cause."
Those musicians and bands include the NCHS Jazz Band, The Magical Music for Life Singers (of which Chiocchi is a part of), Ballet for Athletes, NCHS Voice Spoke Word Artists, Stewart Taylor and Elizabeth Lewis.
Sounds like Chiocchi and these New Canaan musicians have more in common with the likes of U2 and the Rolling Stones than expected.
Tickets for the concert will be $5 at the door on Wednesday Oct. 27 at New Canaan High School.