Eugene Concert Choir Wins Grant

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Concert Choir Foundation was just awarded $125,000 to commission a new 30-minute orchestral work–and its focus will be on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Famed Oregon composer Joan Szymko will create the work the first year and the ensemble will work on the music the second year.

The choir will also work with the local Alzheimer’s chapter to gather stories and poetry for the performance.

“I’ve always believed that music is a healing force a way to express emotions that you cant say in a tangible way,” said Amanda Hammond, vocal arts ensemble member.

“Creative heights is really about allowing artistic organizations to take risks and to try new things and to all aim toward improving the capacity of arts organizations and artistic works in Oregon,” said Jeff Geiger, program officer at Oregon Community Foundation.

When it’s done, the concert will be held at Beall Hall on the University of Oregon campus.

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