On Sunday, September 4, 2016 the Integrated Heritage Project (IHP) hosted its inaugural Summer Gala event Celebrating Our Heritage: Past, Present, and Future at the Shalin Liu Performance Center to raise funds for the launch of its May 2017 pilot program in Cambodia.
We had an exciting evening starting with a performance by the extraordinary Angkor Dance Troupe showcasing the mesmerizing heritage, and almost lost art, of traditional Cambodian dance. Then, the sensational Beantown Swing Orchestra got the dance floor hopping, with Rockport High School’s Kiva Trumbour on vocals bringing the house down.
The event raised nearly $6,000. Thank you to all those who supported us!
Thank you to our generous sponsors who helped to make this event a reality.
Established as Sandy Bay in 1690 on Wonnesquamsauke (Agawam) tribal lands, Rockport is a town of living history with many of the downtown homes and buildings dating from the 18th Century or earlier, having been continuously occupied for centuries. Rockport has been a fishing village for almost 300 years, and became a source of granite for building the New World, with stone from this little town becoming the foundation of many significant places including the very streets of Havana. As an artistic colony, it has also had a significant impact on the art of the United States and remains a draw for artists seeking beautiful scenery, including the famous Motif No. 1. Rockport remains a beautiful town to visit and experience the art, history, lobster, and ice cream, along with the scenic environs.
On June 10, 2010, Rockport Music opened the doors to the Shalin Liu Performance Center. This extraordinary building – with its spectacular views and superb acoustics – has become an important cultural resource for the greater Boston community, attracting audiences, visitors, and well-known performers to Cape Ann.
The Beantown Swing Orchestra represents the future of big band swing music. Specializing in the performance of swing era classics as well as songs custom arranged for big band, its mission is to bring big band music back into the mainstream for current and future generations to enjoy.
In 1986, Tim Thou and a group of Cambodian refugees with a passion for Khmer performing arts came together in Lowell, Massachusetts with the sole purpose to revive a culture once almost lost. As the heart of the Cambodian Community, the Angkor Dance Troupe is nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced U.S. based Cambodian traditional arts organizations.