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Doctor performs benefit concert for his homeland

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Aug. 13, 2011 at 3:13 a.m.

(from left to right) Dr. Yusuke Yahagi, Rick Collie, and Donald Tharp are members of the band Dr. Yahagi & the Mended Hearts. They are practicing for their benefit Friday to help the victims of the tsunami in Japan

Dr. Yusuke Yahagi & the Mended Hearts will have a benefit concert Friday for the victims of the Japan tsunami.

The trio plans to heal hearts and satisfy souls at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. The concert will include old school rock 'n' roll and original numbers like "Songs from the Heart" and "ICU."

"Not only do I want to fix their physical heart. I want to fix their emotional heart," said the cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon.

Yahagi started practicing with Rick Collie and Donald Tharp two months ago.

"We had an instant connection. It was like magical," Tharp said.

Yahagi hopes to fill the 1,500-person capacity venue to raise funds for his homeland. So far, he's sold a few hundred tickets.

Crossroads residents and community groups such as the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs have helped Yahagi raise close to $4,000.

Yahagi plans to return to his native country by next spring.

According to Boston-based, scientific consultants AIR Worldwide, the natural disaster caused an estimated $25 billion in damages.

Victoria may be 7,000 miles away from Japan, but Yahagi said all of mankind is connected somehow.

"We need to unite to help one another," he said.



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