Model United Nations students held a benefit concert at Dawson last week
By Alyssa Tremblay
A benefit concert to celebrate Dawson’s Model United Nations (MUN) took place last Thursday in the college’s Multi-purpose room at 7:00 p.m.
Drawing an audience of about 75 family members, friends and MUN supporters, the concert featured a variety of performances by musicians and singers from classical, folk and jazz backgrounds. A bake sale and a raffle for gift cards to Paragraphe Book Store also took place, all proceeds going towards lowering the costs for MUN students participating in an international Model United Nations conference in New York City next April.
“We had a great turnout,” Christine Waldvogel, MUN student President said. She credits the event’s success to having great performers. “We raised more [money] than we expected.”
The show opened with classical music from Concerto Della Donna, an all-female chamber choir, followed by a French horn quartet from McGill’s Schulich School of Music, finishing with three arias performed by elderly opera diva Marie Beauregard.
After a brief intermission, Irish folk duo Filidh took the stage with Dawson’s own Susan Palmer from the Religion department on the celtic harp, and at 9:00 p.m. the show was closed with the jazz styling of pianist Pierre Francois and alto saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella.
“It’s good to have different styles,” Isabelle Carrier, MUN faculty member said. Carrier found the variety of music to be interesting.
Other audience members had their favourite acts. Adel Bassal found the classical section of the concert to be “very refreshing,” and was impressed by opera soprano Marie Beauregard, who recently won a Quebec senior star competition hosted by Chartwell-Québec. “My hat’s off to her,” Bassel said. On the other hand, Law, Society and Justice student Savannah Seara-Robitaille preferred the jazz portion of the programme. “Both [halves] were good, but the second part after the intermission was my favourite,” she said.
In her opening speech, Jane Hupe, the Chief of the Environmental Branch of the International Civil Aviation Agency of the United Nations, reminded everyone about the importance of encouraging students to participate in Model UN groups because the success of the actual UN depends on future generations.
“You may consider yourself a part of the UN family,” Hupe told the 37 students of MUN. “And I welcome you as such.”
After the show, DawsonMUN coordinator Ted Irwin was pleased with how things went. “As a fundraising event, it’s been very successful,” Irwin said. “It’s going to help us a lot to get to New York in April.”