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Thursday, January 26, 2012

ODU to Host 'Her Melody Lingers On' Benefit Concert Feb. 3

Old Dominion will hold the fifth annual "Her Melody Lingers On" concert to benefit the Claire Cucchiari-Loring Memorial Scholarship at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.

The scholarship, which was established in memory of the former Old Dominion student, benefits a deserving student in the ODU Jazz Choir. The concert, billed as "Four Greats at Two Grands: An evening of Jazz and Classical Piano Duos," will feature performances by ODU music professor John Toomey with Justin Kauflin, and the Invencia Duo of Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn.

Cucchiari-Loring was a music student at ODU when she was killed by her estranged boyfriend in 2006. The annual concert honors her legacy and celebrates her talent as a young artist, beloved by friends and family. The evening program will include a silent auction and refreshments.

"Through this program, ODU can provide exceptional student scholarships in music and continue to honor Claire's legacy at our university," said Fred Bayersdorfer, assistant dean for the arts in the College of Arts and Letters. "The event also provides us with an opportunity to remind our students of the dangers of domestic violence and to offer resources about the topic."

Concert tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 683-5305.

Additional donations can be made to the Cucchiari-Loring Scholarship by checks, made payable to the ODU Educational Foundation (with note: "Cucchiari-Loring Scholarship"). Checks should be sent to the Office of Development, 4417 Monarch Way, 4th Floor, Norfolk, VA 23529.

For more information call 683-4061.

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