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$100,000 gift will build endowment of Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra

Donald Kendrick, leading the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra during a recent concert, characterizes a recent $100,000 gift from the Thomas P. Raley Foundation as an “amazing donation.”
Donald Kendrick, leading the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra during a recent concert, characterizes a recent $100,000 gift from the Thomas P. Raley Foundation as an “amazing donation.” Courtesy of the SCSO

Here’s something to sing about: a big gift.

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra recently received $100,000 from the Thomas P. Raley Foundation, the classical music organization’s founder and artistic director announced. Donald Kendrick said the money will be used to strengthen its endowment.

The SCSO concert Saturday at Sacramento Community Center Theater will celebrate the gift, organization president James McCormick said. “What an exciting way to embrace our 20th season next year,” he said.

The gift will significantly build SCSO’s endowment, Kendrick said, which was established in 2010 with $10,000 and helps support the chorale and its professional orchestra.

The gift “to the SCSO’s endowment is a terrific investment in the future of the performing arts in our region,” Kendrick said. “This amazing donation will help ensure the vibrancy of the SCSO’s future and strengthen our legacy.”

Tickets are available for Saturday’s 8 p.m. concert, the season finale. Themed “Songs of Eternity,” the concert features works by American composers including the West Coast premiere of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” and James Hopkins’ “Songs of Eternity.” Kendrick said Hopkins is expected to attend the performance.

On June 13, the society will announce the concert schedule for its 20th season at a gala fundraiser, “Raising a Voice for the Arts,” at the California Museum. In July, SCSO will tour Europe with concerts in France and England.

For details and tickets to SCSO events and concerts, go to www.sacramentochoral.com.

Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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