Earth Hour under the rain tree

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The Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute (SERI) celebrates its 13th anniversary and synchronises it with Earth Hour.

At precisely 8.30pm the electric lights went out, blanketing the grounds of the Socio-Economic and Environmental Institute (SERI) in neardarkness, save for the gentle glow of candles. Adding to the atmosphere was the vocal performance of acclaimed mezzo soprano Marion Olsen, her voice ringing out in the warm evening air signalling the beginning of SERI’s “Musical Soiree under the Rain Tree”.

Close to 200 guests were captivated by Olsen’s powerful vocals as she performed familiar favourites like Habanera and classics by legendary composers such as Roger Quilter, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. She was accompanied by award-winning British pianist Nigel Foster.


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