Beautiful music for a good cause

Infusion Concert funds youth music program

rboone@theolympian.comNovember 11, 2013 

The roof was raised Sunday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in west Olympia, propped up by musical performances of all kinds as part of its fourth annual Infusion Concert performed by children and adults.

This year’s theme was operatic infusion.

The concert kicked off in style with organist Dan Colgan, who played a stirring version of Richard Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger.”

His opening number was followed by instrumentals on bassoon and violin, as well as singing from both individuals and groups of children and adults, followed by more instrumentals.

In addition to Wagner, the audience of about 100 heard music by composers Camille Saint-Saens, Ludwig van Beethoven and Giuseppe Verdi.

Proceeds from the concert go to the church’s Young Musician’s Partnership Fund, which provides scholarships to the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival.

Two performers at Sunday’s concert talked about their experience at the four-week academy held in Iowa each year.

Elizabeth Shoemaker, who played violin, said she improved as an artist and in other facets of music.

“When I came back, I was more confident in myself as a musician,” she said.

Maria Mandt called it a “life-changing experience as a person and as a musician.”

The concert always ends with a performance that will determine the theme of next year’s concert.

This year’s finale was a “Western Infusion Medley” arranged and performed by organist Colgan.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com

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