Spring 2018 with Ysaye Barnwell

Selma to Soweto: Songs of Power

Led by Nick Page with returning guest Ysaye Maria Barnwell

10 weekly rehearsals begin Tuesday, March 13
NOTE: The final Tuesday rehearsal on May 15th is a Dress Rehearsal at Converse Hall, Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont St., Boston 

Concert week schedule: Please note this is different than the usual schedule
REQUIRED Dress Rehearsal*: Tuesday, May 15, 7-10 pm at Converse Hall, Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont St., Boston
REQUIRED Workshop/Rehearsal*: Friday, May 18, 7-10 with Ysaye Barnwell at First Parish Unitarian, 630 Mass Ave., Arlington Center.
* In case of conflict with any of the REQUIRED rehearsals, please contact our Admin Director at volunteer@mysticchorale.org or our Production Chair at production@mysticchorale.org

Saturday, May 19 –
Call time for singers: 4:15 pm – workshop with Ysaye Barnwell and final rehearsal, performance 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 20 – Call time for singers 2:00 pm, performance 3:30 pm

Singers fee: $105 includes all practice materials

Rise up with the Mystic Chorale this spring as we sing songs of community and hope from South Africa and the American Civil Rights movement! Selma to Soweto focuses on coming together as communities of compassion.  The songs mostly in English will move us, bring us to our feet, and call many of us to dance!

We are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, who sang with Sweet Honey In The Rock for more than 3 decades and has long been building communities of song throughout the world. Ysaye’s songs are written and arranged with the goals of healing, educating, and opening our hearts.  Her central message is that together our voices matter.

We are also delighted that our South African friends, Nthabi Thakadu, Phakamani Pega, and Pumla Bhungane, who transported us with their fire in our South African Journey season, will join us once again along with pianist extraordinaire Jonathan Singleton.

The program will include Nick Page’s arrangement of Ysaye’s Let Us Rise In Love, which begins with sobering words: “The Universe is polarized by hatred,” and concludes with words of hope: “We can rise higher than high, We can rise in love.”  It will also include Step by Step , whose lyrics “Many stones can form an arch, singly none” eloquently convey the potency of community.  We will sing a few of the great songs from both the Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid movements, but most selections will be more contemporary, including Melanie DeMore’s Rise Up and a new South African song , From the Ashes of the Fire, with more words of hope, “From the ashes of the fire, the phoenix will arise.”  All of the songs, past and present, South African and American, bring powerful and relevant messages for today’s world.

Sectional Dates:
Soprano/Alto – Thursday March 29
Tenor/Bass – Thursday April 5

The Mystic Chorale is a volunteer-run, non-audition community chorus that welcomes all who love to sing. The ability to read music, while helpful, is not required.

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Here are links to more songs we will sing this season.

Ukuthula  (Prayer for Peace)
Meeting At The Building