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May 22, 2016

by Jenny Tisi

Every summer, I sit for countless hours at my computer and chose repertoire for the following season. While I listen, I try to keep my mind open for a theme for spring concert, all while concentrating on worship service literature. One morning, June 26th, 2015, a friend posted a video of the choir “Conspirare” singing a piece called, “I Love You/What a Wonderful World.” It was the morning that marriage equality had become a reality in all 50 states. When I heard the piece, I didn’t care how hard it was. I was going to find a way build a concert around it.

That very same day, when I expressed my enthusiasm for this historic move toward equality, a long time dear friend decided we shouldn’t be friends anymore. It hit me hard and yet, it only pushed me towards solidifying an idea for a concert: to feature songs from the people regarding struggle, oppression, justice and hope.

I thought deeply about so many struggles that I have not had to endure as a privileged person. I wanted to bring these songs to light. These songs represent slavery, civil rights, genocide, economic justice and hope for a brighter future. This will not be an easy concert. You will hear quotes and songs that will pull at your heart strings and ones that will give you hope for our younger generation.

We hope that you will come and support the Troubadours, Trouveres, Youth Chamber Choir, Vox Cambiata, and guest musicians.

Sunday, May 22 beginning at 5pm — here at All Saints Church.
The concert will be live streamed — and if you attend, there is a $5 suggested donation.
Please contact Jamie Hebert with questions. jhebert@allsaints-pas.org or 626.583.2733
For directions to All Saints, visit our website.