A Concert for Hope - Stanford Memorial Church

concert for hope

Center Opening Celebration
Thursday, September 6 2007

The Center celebrates the official launch of inequality.com at a Concert for Hope in the Stanford University Memorial Church on Thursday September 6, 2007 at 7:00 in the evening.

This unforgettable event features not one but TWO world premieres, a welcome by Dean Saller, a keynote address by Professor David Grusky, and the presentation of Elfenworks Foundation In Harmony With Hope awards. This was the the event of the year for us; There are video clips of the highlights available here.

The Center celebration concert event includes:

  • Welcoming remarks by Dean Saller
  • A new major composition by Stanford composer / professor Giancarlo Aquilanti and and performed by the Elfenworks Festival String Ensemble (members of Symphony Silicon Valley) with sopranos Shawnette Sulker and Rebecca Plack, under the baton of maestro Mitchell Sardou Klein of the Peninsula Symphony. The texts which will be set to music are the following:

    For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee,
    saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and
    to thy needy, in thy land. (***Deuteronomy 15:11)

    Serve the poorest of the poor.
    Do not wait for leaders.
    Do it (now), person to person. (*** Mother Teresa)

  • Keynote Address by the Center Director, David Grusky
  • Presentation of the Elfenworks Foundation inaugural In Harmony With Hope Awards which this year carry a $25,000 grant. Honorees include Paul Minorini, CEO of Boys Hope Girls Hope and Joyce Dattner, Founder and Director of the Bay Area All Stars. Honorees Rosalynn Carter of The Carter Center and Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners in Health regretfully could not attend and are to receive their awards on separate occasions.
  • A second original composition 'In Harmony With Hope' celebrating the opening of the center, written by pianist / composer / arranger / long-time Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member Tammy Lynne Hall, and a gospel arrangement 'I Shall Not Be Moved.' Featuring Ms. Hall conducting and at the piano, with Rhonda Benin, Valerie Joi Fiddmont, and La Tonya Reed, vocals, Michaelle Goerlitz, percussion and Don Kane, Bass.
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The director of the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Professor David Grusky, is glad to grant interviews to the press about this event or about poverty and inequality issues. Please contact the Elfenworks Foundation's for assistance in arranging an interview or for additional information regarding this celebration.

Photographer: Steve Castillo.