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Draw the Circle Wide: Songs of Justice and Inclusion – Reading

  • UU Church of Reading 239 Woburn Street Reading, MA, 01867 United States (map)

Our “Draw the Circle Wide” Concerts are full of so much beautiful music drawing from all corners of the planet and the myriad styles of human expression.

With themes of inclusion and justice permeating the repertoire, we’ll also sing plenty of songs that are full of fun, hope and the joy of working and singing together.

Lots of contemporary choral gems by North American composers: “Draw the Circle Wide” by Mark Miller ; “Take Down These Walls” a new Gospel-style piece from Canadian composer Brian Tate; “Joshua Fought the Battle” by choral master Moses Hogan, a rocking version of “People Get Ready”by Curtis Mayfield, and the haunting “Spiritual” by Ysaye Barnwell.

Will visit down-home Americana with shape-note style “Emerald Stream”by Setah Houston calling for strong environmental stewardship, the gorgeous “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by Dolly Parton and arranged for choir by Craig Hella Johnson, brings a message of assurance and light and the iconic Rastafarian anthem“By the Waters of Babylon” arranged by New Hamsphire musician Peter Amidon.

From around the world, we will sing the monumental Kenyan “Wana Baraka”and the beautiful “Ukuthula” a South African Prayer for peace; the “Song of Kabir” with it’s text by Indian Poet Rabindranath Tagore set to stirring music by Elizabeth Alexander; the contemporary prayer of hope and perseverance: “Ukrainian Alleluia”; the passionate “Entre El Espanto Y La Tenura (Between Terror and Tenderness) ”from Cuban author Silvio Rodríguez, set to music by Beatriz Corona in; and the Hebrew folksong “Hine Ma Tov”arranged for choir and flute by Neil Ginsburg. Come take part, be nourished and inspired!