Emmy, Tony, Grammy, Oscar winning composers unite for Haiti
Oscar®, Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winning composers have completed “A Symphony of Hope:
The Haiti Project,” a musical collaboration to benefit the victims of last year’s earthquake
in Haiti. Produced by Christopher Lennertz and Steve Schnur, the album features the unique
musical voices of 25 composers, in addition to 90 musicians and a 60-person choir.
Composers include Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant, A Chorus Line, The Way We Were) John
Debney (The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, Iron Man 2),Christopher Young (Spiderman 3,
The Grudge) and Dave Grusin (The Milagro Bean Field War, The Fabulous Baker Boys). 100% of
the proceeds will benefit Haiti via the Haitian non-profit organization, "Hands Together."
“A Symphony of Hope” is available exclusively on iTunes beginning September 27 and at
CD On Demand (Amazon) October 4. A short trailer on the project is available on the site
The musical team consists of over 200 artists, music executives, supporting recording
engineers, copyists and music editors, all of whom volunteered their time and expertise.
The symphony is initially based on a Haitian melody. Each composer contributed additional
8-32 bars of music to the piece and passed it along to the next composer, creating a
symbolic lending hand passing to another lending hand.
Conducted by Lucas Richmond and featuring soloists Lizbeth Scott and Carmen Twillie.
Other artists include Arturo Sandoval, Beau Bridges and Lucy Schwartz participated as well.
Hands Together is working as an educational and development organization for Haiti’s
largest and poorest city, Cité Soleil. Programs outside of Port-au-Prince promote human
development among the rural poor through water well digging, promoting agricultural and
production, and assisting the poorest schools and clinics around the northern city of
Gonaives. Their work is founded upon the teaching that recognizes the dignity of every
human life and a fundamental responsibility to the poor and vulnerable.