A “Come Sit at the Welcome Table” concert will be a part of the Community Day of Remembrance at Urbana University on Sunday, Sept. 11. Held at 3 p.m., the concert is free, but donations are welcome. Childcare will be provided.
The 100-voice World House Choir will sing spirituals, soul music and contemporary music. Numbers will include songs by Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Carrie Newcomer, Holly Near, Mavis Staples and Allan Toussaint, as well as Leon Geico’s “Solo le pido a Dios” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”
The program features an eclectic mix of choral music and audience sing-alongs, with a goal toward inspiring people toward justice, diversity and equality. The repertoire is drawn from various world music traditions and includes songs sung in Spanish, Zulu, Hebrew and English.
“In our concert ‘Come Sit at the Welcome Table’ we want to learn about and engage with our local and diverse human family, our neighbors,” said choir director Catherine Roma. “We use choral singing in community as the pathway to justice, inclusion and love.”
The World House Choir receives support from the Ohio Arts Council, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, and Antioch College.
Submitted by the World House Choir Steering Committee