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Voices from the Heart Spring Concert

South Church
292 State Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

Voices from the Heart Spring Concert – “Time Now That We Thrive!”

Voices from the Heart, Portsmouth’s own 200-voiced women’s chorus, will celebrate in joyous song on June 1st at South Church, 292 State St. in Portsmouth at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The concert is presented by Joanne Connolly and directed by Taylor O’Donnell.

“This past January, Voices was sad to lose one of our long-time members, Ann Hopkins who sang with Voices for over twenty years,” says founding director Joanne Connolly. “With a twinkle in her eye, Ann was always up to something…something good!”  Ann had a great love of song and dance and making the world a better place.  One of Ann’s pet projects was creation of Seacoast Family Promise, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering families with children experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence. Its many services include providing families resources for health issues, and employment and training. Seacoast Family Promise also offers parenting classes, literacy training for infant through age 5 years, and nutrition education; and acts as a liaison with local schools to ensure youth experiencing homelessness can maintain their education.  For more information, please visit https://www.seacoastfamilypromise.org/.

When Voices lost Ann, at least 50 Voices women sang at her memorial service.  To celebrate Ann’s vision of a world where all should be given the chance to thrive, Voices sings “Time Now That We Thrive!”, partnering with her organization, Seacoast Family Promise. Each year Voices selects a local recipient for its annual philanthropic donation of $1,000; this year it has chosen Seacoast Family Promise. Among past recipients are Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth, Seacoast Hospice, and Seacoast Family Food Pantry.

The “Time Now That We Thrive!” concert embraces the idea of a world with ‘family promise’ supported and held in love by the greater community, a world where all are given the resources, and protection to thrive. Songs include “Bella Mama,” a sweet Croatian lullaby called “Ako si Legla Spat,” and a gorgeous Jamaican piece, “Fi Mi Love” about a mother’s “lion heart” for her children.  The concert will share a feminine version of the 23rd Psalm written by Bobby McFerrin for his mother, and the strong statement in “Lord Must I Do” from Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, disavowing violence. Concert highlights are a poem for children titled “Trouble Fly,” written after 9/11 to comfort children in New York City….with words like “Trouble fly out of our house, trouble fly, we left the window open for you , fly!” and Joni Mitchell’s iconic, ‘Circle Game.”   Along with the 200 singing women of Voices will be pianist Agnes Charlesworth, Randy Armstrong on guitar and percussion, Jon Booth on bass, and Drummama, adding the African beat!

Don’t miss Voices’ spring concert, sure to uplift and celebrate the human spirit!  Tickets will sell out; so buy soon at RiverRun Bookstore at 32 Daniel Street in Portsmouth or online at brownpapertickets.com and voicesfromtheheart.org.  $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.

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