The Twin Cities-based Giving Voice Chorus is made up of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and their caregivers. Over the past 18 months, the Chorus organization has been partnering with the American Composers Forum and MacPhail Center for Music on a first-ever project. Together, the groups commissioned an entirely new work, Love Never Forgets, by composer Victor Zupanc and poet Louisa Castner. The ability of people suffering from dementia to remember, sing and play music they already know is well-documented. But this project pushes those boundaries and seeks to dispel the myth that people with Alzheimer’s can’t learn anything new. About 170 singers will fill the Ordway Concert Hall with jubilant voices Saturday, June 16 in a sold-out world premiere performance of Love Never Forgets. A variety of outlets are being explored to share this work with the entire community, and we hope to update you on how you can experience it too.
Kris Kautzman of the American Composers Forum coordinated the project:
Originally aired Wednesday, June 13, 2018 on The Morning Show with Travis Ryder.