All the Rivers
Registration for this event is being handled on the Resonance website. Note that advance registration is required, so you can receive the Zoom meeting link. Note: if you are holding tickets for Sound Circle's postponed performance of Praises for the World, see information at right.
Sound Circle and Resonance have hosted post-election concerts after presidential elections since 2004. Though we’re unable to perform live now, it felt imperative to express ourselves after this election. We invite you into the surprisingly warm and tender space we’ve been creating together in Zoom throughout the past year.
You may know that one of the sadnesses for choruses during the past year has been the issue of “latency.” Different computers receive input at slightly varying speeds, making it impossible to sing together in zoom. You won’t hear the full ensembles singing live. Instead, we’ll offer a mix of recordings, serial singing, artwork, photography, written word, and other elements that express our individual and collective voices in a variety of creative ways.
Titled All the Rivers, this program invokes rivers and water as meaningful imagery for this time.
“In the words of Vincent Harding, one of the great yet lesser-known heroes of the black freedom struggle, the long, continuous yearning and reaching toward freedom flows throughout history, ‘like a river, sometimes powerful, tumultuous, and roiling with life; at other times meandering and turgid, covered with ice and snow of seemingly endless winters, all too often streaked and running with blood.’ Harding was speaking about black movements for liberation in America, but the metaphor applies equally well to the global struggle for human dignity and freedom…A new nation is struggling to be born, a multiracial, multiethnic, multifaith, egalitarian democracy in which every life and every voice truly matters." — from We Are Not The Resistance by Michelle Alexander, New York Times, Sept, 2018.
“The flow of a river is a model for me of courage that can keep me going — carry me through the bad places, the bad times…The cup of water that gives itself to thirst is a model for me of the compassion that gives itself freely…Running water and the sea are models for me of patience…”
— from The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water, by Ursula K. LeGuin, Nov., 2016.
“The river is a healer, the river is a sage. The river knows no end and the river feels no age.
The river is a leader, every single day. It’s living in this moment and it always finds a way.”
— from The River, by Coco Love Alcorn
Important information for Praises for the World ticket holders: When we cancelled the Praises performances last March, we invited you to hold onto tickets to use when we rescheduled the performances, or to request a refund if you preferred. Here's an update: