Last Minute Performance!

Hello all!  We’ve snuck a last minute performance onto our books – so mark your calendars – We will be the Opening Act on August 15th, from 6:30 – 7:00 pm for the final evening of the 2018 Music at the Mansion summer concert series at Ellwood House in DeKalb.  These concerts have been open to the public and free all summer, on select Wednesday evenings.  The Main Act for this evening will be Jazz in Progress – a Big Band ensemble who will perform from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  Concerts are performed from the front porch of the Ellwood House mansion, and guests (listening from the lawn) are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and a picnic if they so desire.  “Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase by Fatty’s Catering of DeKalb.”  Ellwood House is located at 509 North First Street in DeKalb. “Please note that onsite parking at the museum is limited. Additional parking is available next door at the First Congregational Church (615 N. First Street).”

(Specific details provided (and additional information available) courtesy of the Ellwood House Museum website)

What an experience!

What a great time we had in Grand Rapids!  Thanks again for supporting us and making it possible for us to represent Bread & Roses at the SSN Festival last week.  We attended 6 – 2 hour concerts over 3 days, made up of 30 min performance sets for 20 choruses !!   We attended workshops on various topics- including: Improving your music reading through body movement, Learning about differences between Afro and Euro-Centric music origins/styles/purposes, Learning how to better archive music,  Discussing the importance of our accompanists,  Discussing sensitivity and inclusivity of all kinds – in our choruses, and many more.  We had a great time listening to and singing with the culturally diverse sounds of Moira Smiley and VOCO.  We had the privilege of being educated, and led in song by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell.  Many of us were able to brave the heat and crowds Saturday to participate in singing for (and some stayed for) the Families Together rally in Rosa Parks Circle on Saturday.  It was a wonderful sense of community, belonging, kindness and strength as we met all kinds of wonderful women all sharing a common interest and purpose, and connecting with each other in our own chorus in a different way than we are usually able – only seeing each other primarily during our rehearsal time.