Touched deeply by the “March for Our Lives” and the “Me Too” movements, Persephone’s Daughters will celebrate, honor and join the chorus of voices that are creating positive change and a driving sense of hope for a better world.
Through the power of song and spoken word Persephone’s Daughters will rally the spirit within that recognizes injustice and calls it by name; that moves outside its comfort zone to take action; that is driven by love and compassion to insist on truth and peace.
The rallying cry, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” surfaces decade after decade when an urgent call to action moves the most vulnerable among us to respond. Audience members and chorus will join together claiming this powerful truth in the song, “We are the ones,” written by poet June Jordan and composed by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the rock. A poem by the same title, written by chorus member Joanna Zarkadas, will be a part of the ensemble.
An eclectic collection of songs, some of which have become directly associated with these movements, includes a setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Hope is the Thing With Feathers,” Bob Marley’s “3 Little Birds,” Holly Near’s “I Am Willing” and Ysaye Barnwell’s “Soundbite from Beijing: We Are Rising Up.” MILCK’s “Quiet,” written for the 2017 Women’s March, will be featured along with Andra Day’s “Rise Up” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Found/Tonight.”
“Out of darkness our children and our peers have risen to become standard-bearers — and so,” says choral director Lynne Wilkinson, “‘We (Persephone’s Daughters) Rise’ to lend our voices, to show up and to support all who find the strength and courage to speak their truth.”
Persephone’s Daughters performs two major concerts each year. The proceeds from the fall concerts go to organizations that foster healing, world peace and social justice. The proceeds from the spring concert go to First Parish Church in return for rehearsal and concert space.
Tickets: $20; $15 for seniors and students. Tickets will be available at the Plymouth Guild for the Arts, 11 North St., or by calling 508-747-0212. They can also be purchased at the door.
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