Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Benefitting the youth

The cast celebrating the success of Where Elephants Weep in November 2008 including Diane Phelan (in red) and Marc de la Cruz (far right)
The buzz for the 2010 Cambodian Youth Arts Festival will go up a notch with a benefit concert at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center on 3 August. The concert will feature two of the stars of the popular Khmer opera, Where Elephants Weep, Diane Phelan and Marc de la Cruz, and will include songs from the opera and the popular Broadway musical, West Side Story. The two singers are returning as volunteer artists at the youth festival and will perform alongside WEW composer Him Sophy and his orchestra. The cost of tickets is $10, available through Cambodian Living Arts with a 6.15pm cocktail reception before the 7pm concert. The festival will also include two more of the WEW cast, Amara Chhin-Lawrence and Jean-Baptiste Phou, who are taking part in a preview performance of the musical Winds of Angkor at Chaktomuk Theatre on 8 August.

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