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I am staging a choral and orchestral concert of my work in Sydney, Australia and I need your support to bring it to life.
I am staging a choral and orchestral concert of my work in Sydney, Australia and I need your support to bring it to life.
I am staging a choral and orchestral concert of my work in Sydney, Australia and I need your support to bring it to life.
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Sacred - A Magical Musical Concert Experience in Sydney

AU$ 30,829

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 STRETCH GOALS!!!

Now that our initial goal has been achieved - in just 3 hours!! - it's time to unlock some Stretch Goals and get a bunch of free stuff added to your rewards! All rewards $50 and above will automatically have these rewards added once unlocked:

ABOUT MYSELF - KEN LAI

I'm a composer based in Sydney, Australia. Some may know me from a TV documentary about my journey in New York to bring the musical Angels to life. This was back in 2008. Since then I've continued to write material in different genres, and there's much more that's not been seen or heard yet, that I look forward to sharing.

In terms of my background, I grew up in Sydney, but in my early 20's was accepted as a composer into the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writers program in New York. It's an institution that has spawned multiple Academy, Grammy, and Tony award winners (deemed the "Harvard" for musical writers by the New York Times).

Over the years, a number of people have urged me to release more work to the public in some form, and I've decided in 2018 to stage a concert of new works in Sydney.

SACRED CONCERT

Music has the power to lift and inspire, to console the broken, make a gloomy day seem that much brighter, and perhaps even to heal.

During a particularly dark time in my life - I found myself reflecting upon the Psalms of the Old Testament. Never before had the outpourings of sorrow and emotion contained within resonated as deeply, and I resolved to set many of these to music.

SACRED will be concert of these works (and others) written as much to heal myself, as to hopefully bring healing and joy to others.

The biblical king and songwriter David, was convinced that there could be no higher purpose for music, than it's dedication to the being he believed to be the creator of all things. In his songs (psalms), we see both the depths of human anguish and despair, as well as ultimate triumph in it's reaching out to, and acknowledgement of the divine.


THE SINGERS

It's my joy to bring Broadway singer Jessica Grové to Australia for the first time. Jessica was originally cast as the lead for Angels in 2008 and she is an amazing talent. 

 I'm also excited to have on board Henry Olonga, who is best known as an international cricketer, but is also an accomplished singer.

I also want to introduce Linda Nixon who I've had the pleasure of working with several times over the years.

Apart from the soloists mentioned there will be close to 50 choral and orchestral musicians, many of whom are exceptional talents in their own right. I'm really excited to hear how the music will sound when their skills are added into the mix.

THE VENUE

I've chosen the Concourse at Chatswood, Sydney as the venue for the concert.

THE CAMPAIGN

With this campaign, it is my intention to fully fund the concert, with the major costs being venue hire and musicians. 

If we meet and surpass my goal, I will include stretch goals of a live audio recording, perhaps even a video recording, and more rewards for every donor!!


TIMELINE


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 REWARDS

Here's the fun part! To thank you for your support, we've prepared the following rewards. Note that all rewards include the program autographed by Ken Lai:

Here's the different reward levels.

 VIP rewards also include a commemorative poster and T shirt -

CROWDFUNDING TEAM

Below is a photo of Andrew and Ken during one of the brainstorming sessions.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

With the help of generous sponsors, we've managed to secure half of the $30k required to stage this concert. The venue hire cost makes up the most significant chunk of this figure, in addition to the costs for hiring the soloists and musicians of which I plan to have around 50. So I am asking for your help to raise $15k to bring this concert to life.

Risks and challenges

We have taken the time to get nearly everything in place before launching this campaign. We took the risk up front by delaying the launch of this campaign until we believed it was ready, to lessen the risk to our backers. We have a great team in place so we don't predict many obstacles here. But there is always the unknown. But we will face every obstacle with the same tenacity and perseverance that we have from the start.

We pledge to keep our backers well-informed in a timely manner throughout the entire production process and to do everything we can to deliver the concert to you as planned.

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    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About US$ 0.71

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    Throw us a tip and receive our heartfelt thanks and the satisfaction of helping us out.

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    CD only

    Get the full musical experience of the night on audio CD autographed by Ken Lai

    Includes:
    • 1x audio recording CD
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    Standard

    + 1x A-reserve ticket for concert
    + Signed music program by Ken Lai and soloists
    + Thank you credit in music program

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    VIP silver

    + 1x A-reserve ticket for concert
    + Signed music program by Ken Lai and soloists
    + 1x Commemorative poster
    + 1x T shirt
    + Thank you credit in music program
    + Meet and greet with Ken and musicians, including photo opportunity

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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About US$ 357

    VIP gold

    + 1x front row seating ticket for concert
    + Signed music program by Ken Lai and soloists
    + 1x Commemorative poster
    + 1x T shirt
    + Thank you credit in music program
    + Meet and greet with Ken and musicians, including photo opportunity
    + Post concert performance
    + Food & drink voucher at venue

    * or equivalent value e.g. 5x A reserve tickets

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About US$ 714

    VIP platinum

    + 1x front row centred seating ticket for concert
    + Signed music program by Ken Lai and soloists
    + 1x Commemorative poster
    + 1x T shirt
    + Thank you credit in music program
    + Meet and greet with Ken and musicians, including photo opportunity
    + Post concert performance
    + Food & drink voucher at venue
    + After-concert party invitation
    + FREE ticket to Ken's next concert

    * or equivalent value e.g. 10x A reserve tickets

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