As benefits go, "Children Under Siege," a program supporting the children of Bosnia-Herzegovina, was a first-rate production. With an unusual lineup of artists and a strikingly effective multimedia presentation of music, visual projections, dance and poetry, the performance Thursday at the Greek Theatre reached well beyond the more typically chaotic, benefit-style shuttling of acts.
Presented on a stage decorated in an impressionistic setting of torn banners and scattered construction materials, the program ranged from the rock of Alan Parsons (making his live U.S. concert debut), Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, Jon Anderson and Ambrosia to some surprisingly powerful New Age sounds from Kitaro, Yanni and newcomer Hisham.
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday October 22, 1993 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 9 Column 1 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
Dance group--The Dorian Sanchez Dance Troupe performed at the Oct. 14 benefit concert for Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Greek Theatre. Because of incorrect information in the concert program, the wrong dance ensemble was named in the review in Saturday's Calendar.
Among the highlights, Loggins was especially energetic with the familiar "This Is It" and a moving reading of "Conviction of the Heart." Mason was at his best with a low-keyed rendition of "We Just Disagree," and David Benoit provided exquisite piano accompaniment for a brief sequence by the Aman Folk ensemble.
Regrettably, the fully packed program allowed time for only one song from Roberta Flack, a rare performance by Buffy Sainte-Marie of her classic "Up Where We Belong," and a hasty medley by songwriter David Foster and super session vocalist Warren Wiebe. Far too much time, however, was allocated to three long numbers by Mick Fleetwood's Blue Whale, a noisy, pumped-up bar band.
The most powerful impact of the evening was generated by several lengthy film projections documenting, in harrowing detail, the ordeal of the people of Sarajevo. In addition, the introduction of several Bosnian refugees who have managed to escape the war--including a blinded teen-ager--brought a further sobering touch of reality to the program.
Other performers included the Los Angeles Children's chorus, the Rock Theatre, an all-star back-up band and several celebrities, including Casey Kasem, Diane Ladd, Cathy Moriarity and Leigh Taylor-Young.