Yale Concert Band to perform for refugees in Athens

When the Yale Concert Band tours Greece next month, it will spend an hour in Athens playing music for people who face an uncertain future after risking their lives to reach Europe.

The undergraduate band will perform at the Eleonas refugee camp, a 10-acre facility in central Athens that houses about 1,500 asylum-seekers from Afghanistan, Syria, and other war-torn countries.

“The concert band is committed to bringing its music to all people and is grateful and humbled for the opportunity to perform at the Eleonas camp,” said Thomas Duffy, director of university bands. “Its residents should not be denied the pleasure of hearing great music, and we hope that our performance will provide them some solace amid the hardships they are enduring.”