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Central Saints Chorus concerts will benefit Oklahoma tornado victims

People who attend free Central Saints Chorus concerts this weekend in Moore and Oklahoma City will be encouraged to donate to tornado relief organizations.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 10, 2013

Victims of the recent severe weather are especially invited to concerts presented by the Central Saints Chorus.

The Saturday and Sunday concerts in Oklahoma City and Moore tell the story of the Mormon pioneer journey to the Salt Lake Valley in the 1840s.

“It's a story of a people who managed to find hope after everything was taken from them,” said Zach Tanner, who directs the interfaith choir and orchestra. “They are forced to leave everything behind and build new lives, with just their faith to rely on.”

Bryce Gorrell, a University of Central Oklahoma student, sings the role of Brigham Young.

“It's a story that I think we all share,” Gorrell said. “We've all experienced loss of some kind. There is life after loss.”

Many of the choir and orchestra members have volunteered with Mormon Helping Hands, helping to clean up debris after the tornadoes in central Oklahoma.

Admission to the concerts is free, but guests are encouraged to donate to one of the many relief organizations.

The concerts are scheduled for 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma City Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5020 NW 63, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma City South Stake Center, 498 N Santa Fe Ave. in Moore.

Also scheduled to sing solo roles are Chuck Edgington, Robert Ward, Kelly Bentley, Lindsay Goodson and Catherine Thomas. Music for the concerts, “Saints and Pioneers,” was composed by Rob Gardner.


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