Singers to Mark Memorial Day


For Mike Burgos ’13, performing Verdi’s Requiem on Memorial Day with University of Redlands students will have an even deeper meaning: Burgos is a Marine veteran, having served two four-year tours.

“As a veteran myself, I immediately jumped on board,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun. It’s a great way to honor the vets doing what we do, using music to share that passion. There are many ways to show your appreciation, like making a donation to a charity, but for us to share our passion for music is very inspiring.”

Dr. Joseph Modica is leading an in-depth May Term class for students to better understand and perform Requiem, which will include days of practicing, meeting with veterans and visiting the VA hospital in Loma Linda. The class will perform Requiem at 8 p.m. May 26, 2014 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood, with President Ralph Kuncl joining them onstage, and Modica conducting. Proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“A piece like this is a true masterpiece,” Burgos said. “It’s very difficult, and it’s a unique challenge to do this, but we have the talent to pull it off. This being a Memorial Day event, I can’t think of a more appropriate musical piece."

Several of the performers sang Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall last spring, and were eager to participate in a similar event.

“I had the free space and knew I wanted to do it,” Isabella Raymond ’16 said. “I can’t imagine not doing it.”

Raymond comes from a long line of military members, with her father, uncle, grandfather, and other relatives having served.

“It seemed like the perfect fit,” she said. “It completes everything and connects the dots. You have to have that emotion when you perform, and being able to connect with the veterans completes it. If you don’t come from a military family, if you just see it on television, you don’t realize what it is.”

Burgos hopes that this year’s Memorial Day concert won’t be the last.

“I’m excited to be part of this, and hope that it sets a precedent, not just in the future on Memorial Day or Veterans Day, but occasions throughout the year.”

Tickets to the concert are $35 for reserved seating, $25 general seating, $15 seniors/military. For more information, please call 323-462-6311 ext. 312. Blessed Sacrament Church is at 6657 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

Posted: May 19, 2014
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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