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Our Mission


Sappho imageSappho’s Gift has the purpose of bringing a series of the finest performers of classical music to Walla Walla. It is named for Sappho, the lyric poetess of ancient Greece (Island of Lesbos), whom we might nominate as the mother of Western music.

Sappho’s Gift is itself a gift, one in gratitude to Dr Robert Arnold Johnson in 1999 by the Murr Family Foundation, with the request that it be used for the benefit of Walla Walla. The Foundation has since supplemented the original bequest.