Assabet Valley Mastersingers is highlighting “Building Bridges” this season. This month they will perform their second concert of the season, “Bridges to Unity: We Are Not Alone”. Accompanying AVM’s singers and orchestra for one of the songs will be Algonquin Regional High School’s Chamber Choir.
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, AVM commissioned a special piece to be performed. Northborough resident Cynthia Wong composed “Unity in Diversity”:
a song cycle touching on themes of nature and destruction, love and unity.
Other pieces to be performed are three other selections:
a cappella selection, The Time Has Come, based on Nelson Mandela’s words: “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come…”. . .
Award-winning composer Oliver Caplan wrote We Exist with lyrics by poet Naseem Rakha–“We exist not to divide but to join, not to blame but to build…” Joining AVM members and orchestra for We Exist will be the Algonquin Regional High School Chamber Choir, directed by Kathrine Waters. . .
Dan Forrest’s LUX: The Dawn From On High with text from ancient liturgical chant, Scripture, and modern secular love poetry portraying the hope of the dawn and glory of the sun as changing light infuses our daily lives.
The concert will take place Sunday, March 15th, 3:30 pm at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury in their R.R. Jay Performing Arts Center. There will be a Q&A with Wong at 2:30 pm.
Concert tickets may be purchased online. For a $3 discount, you can get tickets at several local retail locations. The Southborough location is English Gardens Florist (downtown Main Street). (Click here for the full list and ticket prices.)
AVM and Wong produced the following video explaining their intent and a sneak peak at what to expect: