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I am so happy I live in a vibrant community with so many talented people and that I am allowed to take on the role of “audience member” on a regular basis!

Today I was treated to the young voices of the talented Madison Youth Choir singers in their 10th anniversary Winter Concert.  I was especially proud of my own child as she sang with the small, but great of heart, Cantilena choir.  Several of their pieces were very moving.

In “We Are” by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell the lyrics explore the influence of our ancestors on what we become – are we Makers of Peace? Seekers of Truth?  I can’t resist sharing them all with you now from Dr. Barnwell’s website:

For each child that’s born
a morning star rises
and sings to the universe
who we are.

We are our grandmothers’ prayers.
We are our grandfathers’ dreamings.
We are the breath of our ancestors.
We are the spirit of God.

We are
Mothers of courage
Fathers of time
Daughters of dust
Sons of great vision.
We are
Sisters of mercy
Brothers of love
Lovers of life and
the builders of nations.
We are
Seekers of truth
Keepers of faith
Makers of peace and
the wisdom of ages.

We are our grandmothers’ prayers.
We are our grandfathers’ dreamings.
We are the breath of our ancestors.
We are the spirit of God.

For each child that’s born
a morning star rises
and sings to the universe
who we are.

WE ARE ONE.

Listen here, but imagine lovely young girls signing the song as they sang!

The other piece that especially moved me was “Schlof Main Kind” sung in this video by older woman.  Take a listen and then imagine voices of 13 – 16 year old girls sounding out the words of this lullaby, sung in Hebrew and Yiddish, which was composed with the observance of the Holocaust Memorial Remembrance in 1994.

Sleep my child and rest
happy is the child with a mother
and a cradle to be rocked in.
All can be found and all can be bought,
but without a mother you have noting int he world.
Let your troubles not be great
For you can always be cradled in your mother’s arms.

I really enjoyed the concert – I left feeling warm and fulfilled.

Also this weekend was special as I was treated to the company of my neighbor – after all what is good theater without good company? – to share the fun of She Loves Me.  Her spouse was also in the pit – although that is a misnomer as the musicians were visible on the stage.

In “She Loves Me” Georg and Amalia are salesclerks at a perfume shop who are disagreeable with one another from the day Amalia proved herself to be a good sales person causing Georg to lose a bet with the shop owner.  Besides their common occupation and apparent dislike for one another, they both write letters an unseen/unknown “Dear Friend” with whom they fall in love with “on paper.” Little do they know, the person they daily spat with is the same one they are falling in love with through the letters they write.

Silly, fun, and just plain great entertainment.

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