On Sunday, January 7, 2018 @ 2 pm (open house at 1 pm) I am thrilled to announce that we are presenting the Four Freedoms "Songs and Sounds of Solidarity" concert at First Church. (for more information, check it out @ https://www.facebook.com/events/380609329043389/)
This event represents both the culmination of a full year of creative alternatives to the current climate of fear and hatred in the US as well as a dream come true for me personally. Since arriving in the Berkshires 10+ years ago, I have longed to host an interfaith music event. There have been modest successes and failures over my tenure here - including some creative Thanksgiving Eve outings - but nothing like this. Somehow it is fitting that during my last month of professional ministry we're finally able to pull it off.
Three regional poets will bring their wisdom and beauty to this mix along with Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist and Sufi musicians. Anglo, African American, European and Latino songs will be shared in solidarity with immigrant sisters and brothers- and communities of color - who are under attack in these once United States. And, some of my dearest musical colleagues are reuniting with me to rework Herbie Hancock's take on Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up." A few loved ones will remain MIA - but Hal will join the ranks - as we shake it up one more time. If you are free on the 7th of January, consider joining us for a grand old time at the start of the New Year.