|We at Witness Music are excited to announce the 2017 performance schedule of Rob Gardner’s Lamb of God. On March 10th and 11th we will be performing at Orem High School in the city of Orem. On March 17th and 18th we will be performing at Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah. Each location will have three performances including a matinee where children of all ages will be invited. In addition, at all Saturday performances we will be joined by an ASL choir.|
Tickets will be available beginning February 1. To obtain your free tickets please visit www.witnessmusicutah.org. For ticket orders of 10 or more please email grouptickets@wewitnessmusic.
This is our sixth year performing this magnificent sacred work. We look forward to you joining us in what has become a favorite Easter time tradition along the Wasatch Front.
Witness Music Utah
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Handel’s Messiah Performance
The Witness Music Concert Choir and Orchestra are now in rehearsals for our December performances of Handel’s Messiah. There will be two performances, both at the Alpine Tabernacle in American Fork, Utah. On Friday night, December 2, 2016, we will present a performance at 7:30 pm. Then on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm we will perform Messiah again, but this time as a sing-along. So if you would like to just listen without singing, come Friday night. If you would like to bring your score and sing with us, join us Saturday night.
Both performances are free admission, but we encourage you to consider bringing canned food to donate to the Community Action Services Food Bank in Provo (http://communityactionprovo.org). There will be no ticketing for this event, and it’s all general admission, so plan to come early for the best seats. Doors open at 6:30. We would like to thank Bank of American Fork for their generous sponsorship that helps make this event possible.
Festival of Trees
Now in it’s 46th year, Festival of Trees has become a Christmas tradition for many in our area. This year Witness Music has decided to sponsor a tree at the festival. Trees are auctioned at the festival to raise funds for Primary Children’s Hospital. The festival takes place November 30 through December 3 at South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. We hope you will consider attending.
Our tree this year is in memory of Leah Bartlett. Leah was born in September 2014. She was the 6th child of Nate and Rebecca Bartlett's. Her four older brothers were happy to have her join the family, but it was her big sister, Kate who was thrilled to finally get the baby sister she had been praying for! Leah seemed to be a normal healthy baby, but it was soon discovered that she lacked the usual newborn reflexes like, sucking, rooting, and crying. After about a month in the NICU she had a G-Tube placed so her feedings could be given right into her stomach and her family was able to bring her home! Unfortunately, Leah continued to have many health unknowns, including problems producing white blood cells which made her vulnerable to sickness. There were many ups and downs and a lot of hospital stays at Primary Children's before this beautiful little angel passed from this life into the next at only 9 months old. Her family misses her sweet spirit so much and are so grateful she is a part of their family forever!
Even if you can’t attend the Festival of Trees, we would like to invite you to help us create this tree for Leah’s family by making a tax-deductible donation to Witness Music toward the purchase and decoration of our tree. You can either mail us a check to the address below, or go to our website, make a donation there, and email the general manager to let him know that your donation is for Festival of Trees. The proceeds from the tree sale will go to Primary Children’s Hospital.
Soloist Auditions for Lamb of God
Auditions for soloist parts for our March 2017 performances of Lamb of God will be held in the coming weeks. If you or someone you know would be interested in auditioning, have them complete the application at http://www.wewitnessmusic.org/wmu-soloist-application/ and they will be contacted with all the details.
Lamb of God Venues and Dates Announced
Witness Music Utah has announced the dates and places for next spring’s performances of Rob Gardner’s “Lamb of God”. The first performances will be at Orem High School on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11. There will be a matinee and an evening performance on Saturday.
After two consecutive years of performing at the Bountiful Regional Center, we are excited to bring our performance to a different part of the Salt Lake Valley. This year we will perform at Jordan High School in Sandy on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 (with both a matinee and evening performance).
Ticket information and more details will be available after the first of the year, but we hope you will save these dates on your calendar.
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|Our fall benefit event, titled "More Precious Than Gold" is a fundraiser carnival and silent auction for childhood cancer research. The event will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at Providence Hall High School, 4557 W. Patriot Ridge Drive, in Herriman, Utah. Tickets will be sold at the door. Witness Music is teaming up with CureSearch, a nonprofit association that raising funds for childhood cancer research, working with Intermountaind Foundation and Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.|
At the event there will be a carnival for kids, games, prizes, food, face painting and more. There will be a silent auction with items donated from businesses and individuals in the area. There will be a performance by Samaritan Chorale, and a special host for the event, actor Marvin Payne. One of the unique features of the event will be visits by a team of Princesses and Super Heros, which will be very exciting for the kids in attendance.
Tickets are available at the door. All procedes will be donated through CureSearch. Visit the Facebook page for the latest details.
|For more information, see:||https://www.facebook.com/events/197859770630423/|
|Samaritan Chorale performed on July 4, 2016 at the American Fork Amphitheater. The event was part of the American Fork Outdoor Summer Concert Series, and we teamed up with Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband for their Independence Day Concert. As part of this event, Samaritan Chorale sponsored a benefit drive to encourage audience to donate items needed at Valor House, a housing facility for veterans. Representatives of Valor House who attended were overwhelmed by the response. A couple of weeks after the performance, Samaritan Chorale also visited Valor House to deliver some additional donations, including cash donations, and also to perform for the residents there.|
Samaritan Chorale is a new auditioned choir for Witness Music, of about 40 members. The special mission of Samaritan Chorale is to combine service with music. Most of Samaritan Chorale's performances will include an element of service, generally either raising funds or performing some kind of service themselves for various nonprofit organizations along the Wasatch Front.
The next Samaritan Chorale event will be a fundraiser for another nonprofit, to be held this fall. Watch for details.
|For a second consecutive year, Witness Music was invited to perform Rob Gardner’s “Lamb of God” for inmates at the Utah State Prison in Draper. This is a very unique opportunity, and we feel it is an important part of our mission, to offer this deeply spiritual and powerful music to those who have a special need.|
The prison’s requirements only allow us to take 58 individuals through the prison gates, including any support staff. So some changes are made to the performance. Most notably, the choir is less than half the usual size, and they perform without an orchestra. Last year they sang to a recording of the orchestra music, but this year we decided to sing with the piano part, and one cellist. Of course, there are also soloists, but we were able to have some soloists perform more than one part.
For more details, check out the entry on our Facebook page, and look for our latest Newsletter.
|It's now been a week for us to let everything settle and get our lives back in order. And as we look back on the previous two weeks, we are amazed at what has been accomplished!|
Notes, letters and emails continue to come in as people want to express their gratitude for the experience of sharing Rob Gardner's "Lamb of God" with us. We are posting some of the comments on our Testimonials Page. Please take a look.
Overall, in this our fifth consecutive year of performing "Lamb of God", we surpassed both our attendance and donation figures from past years by a good margin. From the comments we have received, almost without exception our audiences are agreeing that this year's performances were the best ever.
We hope you will continue to be a fan and a supporter of Witness Music by signing up for our Newsletter, and by considering making a donation, if you haven't already. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, supported almost entirely by donations and grants. Thank you so much for helping to make this a successful and memorable event. And we look forward to more this year with our new Voices of Hope Choir, and our performance in December of Handel's Messiah. Sign up for the newsletter to stay involved!
|As we are now only 10 days away from our first performance of Rob Gardner's "Lamb of God", tickets are going fast. Some performances are sold out and others nearing that point. To accomodate the largest possible audiences, we have opened up General Admission seating on our two Thursday night "Youth Group" nights. If you know anyone who hasn't been able to get tickets and would like to attend Thursdays, have them to go the Tickets page and look for the Thursday Tickets boxes.|
While you are thinking about it, take a minute to view our new promotional video on Youtube. Thanks to our producer/director Matt Armstrong for all his hard work!
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|We are excited to announce our performance schedule for Spring 2016...|
Returning to the Bountiful Regional Center in North Salt Lake for three performances:
Thursday, March 10 - Youth Group Night
This is specifically designed for youth groups, but all are welcome to attend.
Friday, March 11 - Evening Performance
Saturday, March 12 - Matinee Performance
And new this year, Timpview High School in Provo:
Thursday, March 17 - Youth Group Night
A special invitation to youth groups, but all are welcome to attend.
Friday, March 18 - Evening Performance
Saturday, March 19 - Evening Performance
Ticketing and Information website opening soon. Watch for more announcements...