Written by Staff Writer
23 Apr, 2016 | 6:04 am
A Los Angeles children’s choir paid homage to Prince on Friday (April 22) by singing his classic hit ‘Purple Rain’ at the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The choir, made up of close to 1,000 students from 31 schools across Los Angeles, learned and performed Prince’s iconic tune one day after the popstar’s death at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
“I asked the students if they knew who was Prince, you know, do you even know who Prince is? and they said ‘yes.’ And I asked the students ‘hey, do you listen to his music?’ and they said ‘yeah.’ So I said ‘are you ok to send a musical tribute out to the world and let everyone know you’re standing with him through song?’ and I’ve still got goosebumps thinking about the experience of them singing,” said conductor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu.
Police found no signs of suicide or obvious trauma in the death of superstar Prince, but said it could take weeks before autopsy results reveal how the groundbreaking performer died.
The intensely private musician, whose hits included “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead in an elevator on Thursday at the age of 57, shocking millions of fans around the world and prompting glowing tributes by fellow musicians.
“Well, it was such an unbelievable shock when we heard the news that Prince had passed away. For I think every musician, certainly in the United States, Prince is somebody that we idolize, he’s one of the greatest musicians, if not the greatest musician of our time. And so I felt like brining 900 students together for this festival would be the perfect opportunity to share Prince’s message and what was great about it was realizing that all of these students who know this music that Prince first sang 30 years ago, more than 30 years ago, it’s incredible,” said the Choir’s artistic director Grant Gershon.
Prince’s music blended styles including rock, jazz, funk, disco and R&B, and it won him seven Grammy Awards as well as an Oscar.
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