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.
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.
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.
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!!
Here's the different reward levels.
VIP rewards also include a commemorative poster and T shirt -
Below is a photo of Andrew and Ken during one of the brainstorming sessions.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
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.
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