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Grantee: Gonzaga University Choirs

Project Title: Gonzaga University Choirs Spring Masterworks Concert
Year awarded: 2018, Round 1

WITH SAGA’s SUPPORT, and in preparation for a performance that commemorates the Holocaust and cultivates awareness of modern anti-Semitism, Gonzaga University Choirs are collaborating with Spokane’s Jewish community in a project that will culminate in a public performance of Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.

The performance will take place on April 28 at 7:30 at the Fox Theater, shortly after Yom HaShoah, and will be preceded by a Yom HaShoah service, led by Gonzaga’s student and faculty Jewish organization. This service is open to all community members.

The Masterworks Concert includes a choir of 62 college students and an orchestral ensemble of 37 musicians, with an expected audience of 600 people, comprised of students and community members. The performance will also be broadcast to a Northwest audience of more than 10,000 people through Spokane Public Radio.

Elayne Ingram, Choir Intern, writes, “This project is intended to be a collaboration not only of artists and organizations, but of cultures and hearts.”

The performance expects to see around 600 audience members, but will also be broadcast to the larger Spokane area through Spokane Public Radio–for those community members who wish to engage, but may not be able to attend the performance. Preceding the performance, the Choir be partnering with Temple Beth Shalom for an open Yom HaShoah service.