Samaritan Chorale Performance in American Fork (2016-17 Samaritan Chorale)
Date Posted: Tue, Jul 5 2016
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.
Lamb of God at Utah State Prison (2016-17 Samaritan Chorale)
Date Posted: Mon, Apr 25 2016
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.