/ Modified jan 24, 2017 12:11 p.m.

True Concord Voices and Orchestra Gets $500K Gift

The money will be used to commission five new works in five years.

True Concord Plays Lincoln Center True Concord Voices and Orchestra. (PHOTO: True Concord Voices and Orchestra)

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Tucson’s True Concord Voices and Orchestra has received $500,000 from Tucson philanthropist and arts patron Dorothy Dyer Vanek, the largest gift in the group's 13-year history.

We're very grateful to Ms. Vanek and her generosity," said founder and music director Eric Holtan. "We’re grateful to the whole community that has gotten behind True Concord and our recent successes. It truly does take a village of supporters at all levels to do what we do in classical music, and we are thrilled to be doing it right here in Tucson."

Dorothy Vanek VIEW LARGER Dorothy Dyer Vanek (PHOTO: Courtesy of True Concord Voices and Orchestra)

Vanek’s contribution will be used to commission five new works and recordings over the next five years.

This is not the first time she's given money to the group. Holtan used a previous gift to commission a work by composer Stephen Paulus. The piece, “Prayers and Remembrances," won a Grammy for best contemporary classical composition last year. True Concord also received a Grammy nomination for its recording "Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus.”

The group plays masterworks as well as contemporary music. It will perform Mendelssohn's “Elijah” this weekend.

Upcoming performances

  • Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. – Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson
  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. – Valley Presbyterian Church, Green Valley
  • Sunday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. – Catalina United Methodist Church, Tucson
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