Webster Alum Norbert Leo Butz to Headline ‘Angel Band Project’ Benefit Concert for Survivors of Sexual Violence

| March 25, 2013
Tony Award-winning Webster alumnus Norbert Leo Butz

Norbert Leo Butz ’90

Webster University Conservatory alumnus and two-time Tony award-winning Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz will headline a benefit concert for The Angel Band Project at 7 p.m. on May 8, 2013, in St. Louis at the Sheldon Concert Hall. A second concert has been added at 7:30 p.m. on May 9, 2013, at the 560 Music Center in University City.

Representatives of The Angel Band Project will be on campus Wednesday, March 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Center to discuss the project and sell tickets to the benefit concert.

Butz is a 1990 graduate of Webster’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.

The concert(s) will be an intimate evening of high-energy, feel-good music, mixed with a bit of home blues and gospel thrown in for good measure. Butz, a native St. Louisian, will be joined by a band of professional musicians from New York, Seattle and St. Louis.

The Angel Band Project began after the horrifying murder of Butz’s sister, Teresa Butz, in July 2009, when an intruder broke into the home she shared with her partner, Jennifer Hopper. Hopper, a conservatory-trained vocalist, was also brutally attacked, but survived, and will perform with Norbert on May 8.

Soon after the 2009 attack, a group of Jennifer Hopper and Teresa Butz’s musician friends and family made a benefit album to support and help ease the suffering of sexual violence survivors.  Based in St. Louis, the Angel Band Project has grown into a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healing and to cultivate empathy for survivors of sexual violence through music.

“Music has the power to heal,” said The Angel Band co-founder, Rachel Ebeling.  “There’s a reason we put on our favorite album for comfort or a pick-me-up when we’re feeling low.  Given the fact that someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the U.S., we are using the therapeutic power of music as a healing tool for survivors of sexual assault in their journey towards healing.”

All proceeds from the benefit concerts will go towards funding the Angel Band Project’s pilot music therapy program for sexual violence survivors. Edward Jones, Webster University, and Crawford-Butz Insurance Agencies are leading sponsors.

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