The interior of San Francisco’s iconic Grace Cathedral contains a large mural in remembrance of the victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires. Grace Cathedral will remember a more recent group of fire victims at the event Elegy for Ghost Ship, a Thursday, Feb. 23 (8 p.m – 10 p.m.) event that will bring together musicians, sound and light installations, and performances that celebrate the memories of the lives lost in the Ghost Ship fire.
While the event is at Grace Cathedral, this will be nothing like a church service. The pews will be cleared, video projections will be cast on the architecture inside the cathedral, and benedictions will mix with musical performances for an interactive experience that pays homage to Ghost Ship victims both living and lost.
The performers at Thursday’s Elegy for Ghost Ship is an eclectic mix, from to Tuvan throat singer Soriah to opera singer Marisa Lenhardt Patton to the homeless choir Singers of the Street. Most notably, there will be performances the groups Katabatik and S.P.A.Z. who lost core members in the Ghost Ship fire.
“My hope for this event is that all the people affected, from near or far and the diverse communities from the neighborhood to the music and arts scene to the emergency service workers and the family and friends, can come together to honor those who we have lost and to honor each other,” event do-producer Eveline Darroch tells SF Weekly. “It is compassion and diversity that makes this such a beautiful community to be a part of.”
LED installations and interactive prayer and observance stations will also be installed throughout the cathedral for a “choose your own adventure” experience unlike any memorial you’ve attended,
The Elegy for Ghost Ship is a free event, but any donations will be accepted.