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National Symphony Orchestra of Ghana and Yale ensembles perform benefit concert Friday, May 23


Tonight the Yale Concert Band and Yale Percussion Group will join with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ghana (NSO) to perform a Nkonsonkonson "Unity" Concert at the National Theatre in Accra.

The event is a benefit for the Ghana-Yale Partnership for Global Health, which aims to eliminate mother-to-child  transmission of HIV. 


Thomas C. Duffy, director of Yale Bands, will conduct the performance. Ghanaian drummers will join the musicians from Yale and the NSO Ghana on two pieces.

The Ghana-Yale initiative, announced in March by President John Dramani Mahama, is a collaboration between Yale University, the government of Ghana, and high-profile organizations, including IBM and The ONE Campaign.

Ghana has one of the highest rates of HIV among pregnant women in the world. The initial objective of the consortium is to reduce the rate of mother-to-child transmission to less than 5% by the year 2018, which would meet a goal set by the World Health Organization. The government of Ghana would like to go even further, however, ensuring a reduction to less than 1% by 2020. Read more about the Ghana-Yale Partnership for Global Health here.

National Symphony Orchestra of Ghana, Yale Concert Band, and Yale Percussion Group

The benefit concert takes place Friday, May 23 at 8 pm at the National Theatre in Accra. Tickets are available at several locations, including the National Theatre box office, the Yale Alumni Club, the University of Ghana Department of Music, and at the door. The price is 30 GHc for adults, 10 GHc for students, and 100 GHc for VIP tickets.