University of Manitoba mourns victims of Connecticut mass shooting with memorial concert

December 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Music, News, News Release, Outreach, Staff

With deepest grief and sympathy, the Marcel A. Desautels Faulty of Music is hosting a memorial concert on December 18 to honour the life and spirit of Ana Márquez-Greene, the six-year-old daughter of former faculty member Jimmy Greene and his wife Nelba. Ana was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last week.

This concert is open to all. The organizers of the vigil ask that cameras and recording devices not be used so that those attending the event can pay their respects without disturbance.

“At the University of Manitoba, the death of Ana Márquez-Greene is very personal for the many friends of Jimmy Greene who were taught by him or worked with him at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard. “We offer our sincere condolences to the Greene family and their friends. We also express profound sadness for all the families who lost their loved ones in the tragic and senseless shootings in Newtown.”

From 2009-2012, Jimmy made a tremendous impact through the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music as a performer, teacher, and colleague. In the international jazz community, he is often called “the gentle giant” in recognition of his giant talent as well as his gentle and giant spirit.

“Since December 14, my colleagues and I have struggled to come to grips with this horrific incident, and we cannot even begin to comprehend how our dear friends and the many other victims’ families are coping with this tragedy,” said Edmund Dawe, Dean of the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. “To the countless families impacted by this horrific event, we extend our deepest condolences and we keep you in our thoughts and prayers.”

What: Vigil to honour victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
When: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.
Where: Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Rd., Fort Garry campus

For more information please contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (sean_moore@umanitoba.ca).

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