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Concert Highlights Black History, Women

The Edison High School Vocal Music Department is highlighting Black History and Women’s Months for February during an upcoming performance.

   “Spirit of Love: A Tribute to Black and Female Composers” will be performed on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium and free will donations will be accepted to support the vocal music department. Director Greg Hofmeister said junior high and high school students will be participating and the evening will also include poetry, historical essays and quotations throughout the concert.

   “The Vocal Music Department’s ‘Spirit of Love’ tribute is both education and advocacy for Black History and Women’s Month,” said Hofmeister. “Music, like society, has a diverse network of sounds, emotions and cultures. The repertoire focuses on the traditional African-American spirituals, introduces new rhythms and reinforces vocal harmonies for ensemble singing. The women composers and arrangers outline women throughout history and provide a sense of empowerment and encouragement for the generations to come. From day one, students have been told to ‘find their voice and use their voice.’ The Edison Vocal Music students have discussed the importance of these topics and look forward to providing a concert that not only entertains but inspires.”

   Among the music on the playlist are tunes by Elaine Hagenberg, Audrey Snyder, Sara Bareilles and Rachel Platten as well as traditional African-American spirituals.

  Hofmeister said he chose to hold the concert and discussed the idea with students as a way to give back to the community through service. Masks may be recommended if attendance is high.

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