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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)

The Halalisa Singers presents Draw the Circle Wide:  Songs of Justice and Inclusion on Saturday, January 20, 8 pm at Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, and on Sunday, January 21, 3 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, 239 Woburn Street, Reading.  The world music choral ensemble is led by Artistic Director Mary Cunningham, accompanied by Trevor Berens, piano and Bertram Lehmann, percussion. 

In times like these, The Halalisa Singers aspire to nourish souls and inspire minds in song.  Draw the Circle Wide:  Songs of Justice and Inclusion draws from all corners of the planet and through the myriad styles of human expression in music. With themes of inclusion and justice threaded throughout the repertoire, the audience will experience fun, hope and witness the joy of working and singing together. 

Featured in the program are many contemporary choral arrangements, including the concert title piece “Draw the Circle Wide” by Mark Miller.  The new Gospel style piece “Take Down These Walls” is featured by Canadian composer Brian Tate, as well as “The Battle of Jericho” by Moses Hogan and a stirring arrangement of “People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield.  The haunting work “Spiritual” by Ysaye Barnwell leaves listeners mindful and refreshed.

The chorus shines the light on environmental stewardship with shape-note style “Emerald Stream” by Seth Houston featuring gorgeous soprano solos.  “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” written by Dolly Parton and arranged for choir by Craig Hella Johnson delivers a message of assurance and light.  The lovely arrangement of “By the Waters of Babylon” is by local New Hampshire musician Peter Amidon.