Ellis Marsalis to appear at Haiti benefit

A benefit for the people of Haiti featuring jazz musician and Dillard alumnus Ellis Marsalis, among others, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Lawless Chapel.

Theatre Chair Sherri Marina said the performance and a simultaneous silent auction is a collaboration of the departments of Theatre, Music and Visual Art that will be held in lieu of a previously scheduled Black History Month Production.

“Everyone has been discussing the best possible way to make a difference” in the aftermath of the earthquakes that have rocked Haiti and killed an estimated 200,000 people. “We’re thrilled at how well this is coming together.”

Along with Marsalis, music alumnus Franklin Davis IV also will perform with faculty and students. Additionally, pieces donated by Willie Burch and other local artists will be offered in silent auction.

Donations of any amount will be accepted, Marina said. For more information, call (504) 816-4857.