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Peggo Horstmann Hodes, director
Location: South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant Street, Concord
Tickets: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors. Purchase tickets at the door; by phone at 603-228-1196; or click on a "book now" button (top of page) to buy online.
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This year’s Songweavers theme is We Are the World, and is inspired by the final words of a poem written by Maya Angelou. Entitled “Human Family,” each stanza highlights the infinite and beautiful variety in human form and nature. Angelou concludes:
I note the obvious differencesbetween each sort and type,but we are more alike, my friends,than we are unalike.
Songweavers director Peggo Horstmann Hodes writes that the songs for this show were chosen to “Frame our natural diversity within the context of our greater humanity.” In addition to the concert-title song “We Are the World,” by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, the Songweavers will sing traditional and popular selections that reflect the ways that people are “more alike than unalike.”
Songweavers, New Hampshire’s original women’s community chorus, is a program of the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH. The goal of Songweavers is to build community through singing together, and in particular singing about what binds us together and surpasses our differences. Through music, says Horstmann Hodes, the Songweavers “aim to touch and rekindle our common humanity, without fear, politics, or ideology.”
Several New Americans from the community have become active members of Songweavers, with enthusiastic support and mentorship by chorus members and the Music School, which is committed to supporting New Americans in pursuit of educational, employment, and partnership opportunities. On March 22, four of our talented young New American members – Yvette Mahoro, Deborah Elonga, Claudia Bahininwa, and Dorise Ndienganya, all students at Concord High School – were honored to join their teacher Peggo Horstmann Hodes in singing the National Anthem at the opening of the New Hampshire Legislative Session. They will be featured as a solo quartet in the Songweavers concert on April 21, singing a welcome song from their native Congo that they taught their fellow Songweavers.
The Songweavers will be accompanied by the Songweaver Drummers, a class at Concord Community Music School in African style hand-drumming, directed by Grace Schust and Lindsey Schust. Joining the Schusts on percussion will be Emilie Meadows and Peg O’Neil. The concerts will also feature Kent Allyn on piano and Paul Hodes on guitar.
For more information, visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
There will also be a Songweavers concert in Manchester on 4/15:
Sunday, April 15, 4:00pmSt. Andrew’s Episcopal Church102 N. Main St., Manchester, NHFor tickets and information for the Manchester concert, call 603-622-8632
About the Concord Community Music School
Concord Community Music School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 50 teaching artists reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School has earned honors including the Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership; Riverbend’s Champion for Mental Health; Greater Concord’s Favorite Musical Instruction from Parenting New Hampshire Magazine; and New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Music School for Everyone.
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