The Daily Gamecock

Artists to commemorate Charleston shooting with "Hope in Harmony"

Although it has almost been a year since the Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting, many are still trying to make sense of such a tragic crime. On Saturday, "Hope in Harmony: An Artistic Conversation" will provide a space for artists of all media to present pieces in memory of the lost nine. The event will be held at Tapp's Arts Center and it will feature music, poetry, dance and visual arts. To conclude the event, contributing artists will participate in a moderated panel discussion with an open forum afterwards.

The Hope and Harmony Ensemble, made of members from USC's gospel choir and two local choirs, will perform a song cycle by composer Darryl Izzard. Izzard's musical work was written in the wake of the shooting.

"The music of this event was born out of my own personal reflection during the Mother Emanuel tragedy one year ago," Izzard said. "We honor the nine lives that were sacrificed and the powerful strength of their families to forgive, love and unite for the greater good of all mankind."

"Hope in Harmony" is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Tapp's Arts Center, 1644 Main St. Tickets are $8 in advance through Tapp's website or by purchase at the door.