In December, we were so happy to deliver a check for $2,021.25 to Hope Haven – raised at our November 2016 concert. Thank you to everyone who attended, and thank you to UKB and the Harambee Percussion Ensemble for partnering with us. It was so much fun, and all for a great cause!
Save the date for our Spring Concert, May 7, 2017 at 3:00. This year, we will be benefiting the Welcome Essentials Pantry in DeKalb. A few titles we will perform include: “Hallelujah” made popular by the movie Shrek, “Never Sit Down,” “I Am Being Woven,” and the premier of the touching, “A Rose At My Feet” by our own Jan Knudsen! It’s going to be wonderful. See you there!
CROP: Bread & Roses will once again be performing a couple special selections for the kick-off of the annual Sondra King Memorial CROP Hunger Walk – hosted this year at Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeKalb. We will begin the “opening ceremonies” at 2:00pm, and Step-off is 3:00pm. Please join us as we help raise money and awareness!
CONCERT: We are very excited preparing for this year’s fall concert benefiting Hope Haven! Pieces you might have heard us perform in the past include “Let the River Run,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “African Noel.” Songs new to you may include “Sii Sii Sii,” and “Adenkum” which we are performing with our guest musicians, the local women’s African drumming group, UKB (Underground Kpanlogo Band), and the Harambee Percussion Ensemble, comprised of DeKalb youth. It will be an afternoon of rhythm, rhyme and harmony that will be sure to move you! Be sure November 20, 2016 at 3:00pm (Westminster Presbyterian church) is on your calendar! See you there!
Bread & Roses invites local area women who are interested in joining a women’s community chorus and have a desire to help others to come see if this chorus is what they’ve been looking for. The chorus, which rehearses on Sunday evenings, from 5:45 to 8:00, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road, in DeKalb, will start rehearsals on August 21st in preparation for their upcoming fall concert to be held November 20 at the church. Prospective members are invited to attend August 21st and August 28th before making the commitment to join the group. No auditions are held, though it is expected that members will be able to at least match a pitch given to them.
Members of the DeKalb-based chorus come from as far away as Huntley and the Fox River valley to develop and share their music with each other and our community. They are a diverse group with a mixture of musical experiences and abilities. The message of their music – peace, justice, protection of our fragile environment, women’s empowerment, and diversity and acceptance for all – is conveyed not only through a variety of musical styles, but in their selection of a local non-profit organization to benefit from the concert proceeds each semester.
Having just completed their 21st year, Bread & Roses will be sharing this concert with a local women’s African drumming group, UKB (Underground Kpanlogo Band). Each group will perform pieces on their own and they will do several pieces together. In addition, many of the other selections will involve a variety of rhythms and various percussive accompaniments. Does that intrigue you? We would love to meet you on August 21st!
Be sure to add our Fall Benefit Concert to your calendars.
November 20, 2016. 3:00pm
See you there!
Thank You to all who attended our Spring Concert this rainy afternoon, to benefit Safe Passage. It was quite a powerful collection of pieces that stirred our souls! There will be an update later on proceeds.
*With your help, we raised over $2000 for DeKalb County Community Gardens! Thank You so much for supporting the music and your community.
January 5, 2016
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our Fall Concert benefiting DeKalb County Community Gardens. How fun to share the stage with The Kishwaukeys men’s barbershop group! Also, audience and choir alike were given the opportunity to experience several members of the group try their hand at directing certain pieces on the program. It was a wonderful time!
We’ve added a new link to our main menu! Check out “Performance Pics” to see photos from our 20th Anniversary Concert.
Also, it is our pleasure to announce that we were able to present the Jane Adeny Memorial School with a check for nearly $6200, and there are still more donations coming in. This money, combined with the $5000 match by a generous donor, is giving JAMS the ability to build a new Science building!! Congratulations to them, and we are all so glad we could help!
Thank you to everyone who came out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to help make our 20th Anniversary celebration such a huge success! We laughed, we cried, we ate cake . . . and Africa shaped cookies.
Bread & Roses enjoyed sharing favorite songs from 20 years ago (like our opener: “WomanSpirit”) as well as premiering two new songs by our in-house composers (“Small Change” and “Memories of You”). We sang about mothers, and children, and friendship. We sang about strong women like Harriet Tubman and Joan of Arc, and we told stories about jogging and chocolate. A highlight for us was inviting all previous members of the group on stage to sing “Bread and Roses” with us to close the concert. It was such a special moment – wow!
Not only did we all have a wonderful time together enjoying beautiful and inspiring music, but we raised over $5000 for the Jane Adeny Memorial School, and thanks do an unnamed individual, $5000 will be matched!
Check back later for photos and video links with more details of the event.