When planning the 2016 Multigenerational concert, Director Susan Laushman did something unusual. She based the musical selections around a them: world peace in response to the national and global unrest of the past year.
The concert, planned for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, will be free to the community.
Selections will include:
The script was written by one of our members and PHS graduate Andra Stefanoni, and will be narrated by community member Blake Benson. Soloists will include Mason Bayliss and Jamie Ortolani. Musicians will include Andrew Ortolani (keyboard), Cooper Neil (guitar), Zach Uttley (bass), Bob Laushman (drums), Virginia Darling (piano), Jess Frasher (violin), Andres Munguia (violin), Megan McCoy (viola), Daniel Munguia (cello), Noey de Leon (horn), Kiel O'Neal (horn), Cooper Neil (trombone), and Lucas Warford (tuba). Video excerpts were filmed by Trent Kling and Cameron Molina, PSU Communications Dept.
Multi-Gen also participated in #AVoice4Peace on Sept. 21, which you can read more about on this page.
The United Nations General Assembly established Sept. 21 as the International Day of Peace. On Sept. 21, 2016, more than 150 voices ages 14-28 in Pittsburg Multigenerational Chorus participated in the inaugural #AVoice4Peace, which sought to celebrate the day of non-violence and cease-fire with a world-wide peace concert based in Nairobi, Kenya. We made our recording at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center, and live-streamed it using Periscope so that it could be viewed around the world. It's permanently available on our YouTube channel.
Other choirs around the world who live-streamed may be viewed at www.avoice4peace.org; those who submitted recordings will be considered for inclusion in a documentary film celebrating the project, which will be shown at future #AVoice4Peace concerts each year.
The mission of the project is to encourage choirs and musicians to dedicate one day of the year to talk and sing about peace. The song "Ukuthula" was chosen as the anthem for the project and was sung by all participating choirs around the world, including ours performed at Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center.
The Nairobi Chamber Chorus has experienced the power of this song over six years of performing the piece worldwide: in Kenya, Spain, USA, UK, Tanzania. Without fail it moves audiences through its simple but powerful melody and lyrics, speaking to the heart of each listener, connecting with an inner desire for harmony and calm in our lives. Its South African heritage is a stark example of how music can bring together people of different backgrounds and viewpoints.
Listen to a recording of the NCC and the Festival Singers of Florida (FSOF) singing 'Ukuthula' here.