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Lamont Featured Performance: Alumnus Marcus Ostermiller performs to raise money for scholarship fund

Alumnus Marcus Ostermiller performs Feb. 25 at the Newman Center.

Joshua Gomes was working toward a double degree in pre-medicine and pre-law at the University of Denver when AIDS took his life. The Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund aims to lay a path for hope for young adults with HIV/AIDS by providing academic scholarships to universities of their choice. DU alumnus and pianist Marcus Ostermiller will perform Feb. 25 in a fundraising concert for the fund.

“I chose to perform this concert to raise funds for the Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund because it is a cause I believe in wholeheartedly,” Ostermiller says.

As a PhD student at New York University, Ostermiller is studying AIDS as represented in music, and his performance on Saturday will explore just that.

“The first half of the concert will be devoted to works by Franz Schubert, a 19th-century composer whose battle with and premature death due to syphilis closely resembles the experiences of composers who died of AIDS in the 1980s and ’90s,” he says. “The second half of the program will consist of musical works related directly to the subject of AIDS, many of which were composed by men who either died from or currently live with the virus.”

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Hamilton Recital Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, with a reception to meet the artist following the performance. Tickets — $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students — are available at the Newman Center box office; contributions also will be accepted. Parking is $5 at the Newman Center parking garage.

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