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Roads are still clogged, and debris sits at the front of houses ready to be thrown out. The National Guard has been deployed to help victims. Groups like the American Red Cross are doing what they can to hand out resources; even the prominent Texas grocery chain HEB has stepped up.  In the midst of this hardship, many groups and individuals have come together to raise money to help the city of Houston.

Even still, people are looking for ways to help and unite Houstonians at the same time. That's what Matthew Detrick, artistic director of Apollo Chamber Players, plans to do this Friday, Sept. 8, with a Harvey Relief Concert. Detrick has joined forces with Musiqa and Jazz Forever, two local Houston music groups, to raise funds for Harvey victims.

“You really want to help out and reach the people in need, but we were all trapped in our neighborhoods for days,” says Detrick. Most members of Apollo Chamber Players safely weathered the storm, although not all were so lucky. “We had a board member whose home was unfortunately flooded, so we’re trying to help her out,” says Detrick.  “But other than that, we’re all dry and safe.”

While Detrick understands the physical aspects of recovery after the hurricane, he believes that art and music have a strong role to play: spiritual recovery. “I feel strongly that music is vital to human creativity and healing. Art and music will be essential to rebuilding our lives in connections to one another,” he says. “I reached out to Anthony Brant, who is the artistic director of Musiqa Houston, a music ensemble that has been around for 15 years, and I reached out to a friend and colleague of mine from Jazz Forever, George Chase, the trumpeter from the group.”

Detrick came up with the idea of the benefit concert, and asked Chase and Brant to come along as co-presenters, to which they agreed. The venue was donated by MATCH, which survived Harvey, in contrast with theaters and performing arts centers like the Hobby Center and the Wortham Theater which have been damaged from the floodwaters.

Detrick hopes that the concert will showcase the growth and diversity that distinguishes Houston as the city continues to regroup from the damage. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Harvey Relief efforts via Catholic Charities and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Tickets serve as donations as well.

Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets from $10. MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston),  3400 Main St. 713-521-4533. More info at apollochamberplayers.org.

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