The Pine Hill Singers will present their annual spring concert, “Music, Lead the Way!” The concert is a musical response to the many recent acts of violence and intolerance in our country, and around the world. Just after 9/11 we began to insert on all our programs a quote by Leonard Bernstein, who spoke at a concert in response to the assassination of President Kennedy: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
To those who would crush the joys of human existence, who would strip our culture and reject all the things we love and respect, we insist on continuing to celebrate who we are and what gives us joy and pleasure: our humanity and the uplifting power of beauty in music. We are fortunate that music is such a wonderful medium for communicating and sharing emotion. This concert shares it all—sorrow, rage, hope and happiness. Our goal as singers is to offer comfort, unity and peace through song.
All the pieces in our program have laughter and sunlight in them, but some also carry tinges of sadness, of poignancy, of smiling through tears. Thinking of the recent violence in Paris, we offer Gabriel Fauré’s beautiful “Messe Basse”. Other highlights include music by Mendelssohn, Morricone’s “Nella Fantasia”, John Lennon’s “Imagine”, American gospels, an Israeli Folk Song, and the haunting “A Prayer for Peace” with words by Buddhist activist Thich Nhat Hanh.
For more than 19 years, the Pine Hill Singers have brought outstanding performances to the local area. Their concerts include a large repertoire from classical to jazz, Broadway to patriotic, and serious to silly. The close knit group of choral singers from NH and VT meet weekly, and from this weekly sharing of music they know the personal healing, as well as the community outreach, in the joy of music. To this end the Pine Hill Singers have established a fund for future musicians. They will be selecting their eighth award recipient in June 2016.