MissionThe Camerata Singers of Monterey County provides high quality cultural and educational opportunities for a multi-generational audience through the production of choral music recognized for its imaginative programming and performance excellence.
The Big IdeaIn March 2018, we performed Henry Mollicone's Beatitude Mass as a fundraiser for the homeless in our community. No tickets were sold; instead we asked audience members to "give what they could" at the door. We raised funds through MC Gives, foundations, and other individual donors to underwrite our concert production expenses. We conservatively estimated that we could raise $1,000 to donate to agencies serving the homeless. We received overwhelming support and raised $10,000 for the homeless, donated equally between Dorothy's Place and Gathering for Women.
Based on this surprising success, we will continue this model of presenting a fundraising concert in our 2018/19 season. We have selected the Veterans Transition Center to be our March 2019 concert beneficiary. We will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams poignant and moving Dona Nobis Pacem, a piece that incorporates poetry of Walt Whitman written after his service as a nurse in the American Civil War. It is a stirring work and one that is rarely performed in our community. We hope to repeat our success and make a meaningful contribution for the veterans that bravely served our country.
Bravo. This was one of the best performances I've ever heard. Thank you for your unselfish gift of music and human kindness. (posted on Facebook following announcement of $10,000 raised for Dorothy's Place and Gathering for Women with the Beatitude Mass)
- Sandie Borthwick