By Jackie Morin, soprano
"What black despairs go unconfined!
We speak with the lip, and we dream in the soul,
of some better and fairer day."
You turn on the news, only to turn it off minutes later out of pure disgust and frustration - hate crimes, school shootings and turmoil on the political stage. I could certainly bury my head and ignore the world around me, but instead, I have found myself looking for the heroes in these tragic stories, how communities come together to support one another and hold on to the notion that there are still good people in this world.
My father served in the Army during the Vietnam War and my fiancé served seven years in the Air Force. I am constantly appalled that our veterans do not receive the respect, care (mental and physical) and support that they deserve when they return home. Veteran Dale Beatty lost his legs while serving in Iraq. His community thanked him for his service by building him an accessible home. To pay it forward, he co-founded Purple Heart Homes, which helps build or modify homes for disabled U.S. veterans. Why would this man who already gave so much of himself do such a thing? "We wouldn't leave someone behind on the battlefield, why would we do it at home?" was Beatty's reply.
There are many scales on which to make a difference. The important thing is to take that leap of faith and the actions necessary to make a difference.
Saturday, June 15 at 7:00PM - First Congregational Church: 177 N. Main St, Concord, NH
Sunday, June 16 at 4PM - Plymouth Congregational Church: 4 Post Office Square, Plymouth, NH
The New Hampshire Master Chorale, led by Dr. Dan Perkins, is a non-profit choir established in the spring of 2003. This premier chamber ensemble is dedicated to excellence in the art of choral music performance. Members of the group are trained singers, auditioned from throughout New England, who have performed as soloists and in choral ensembles throughout the world. You can get a taste of the NHMC on our SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/nh-master-chorale or find us on facebook and twitter: www.facebook.com/NHMasterChorale and twitter.com/nhmasterchorale.
Tickets available at nhmasterchorale.org and at the door — $30 general, $25 senior, $15 group of 10+
Free admission for undergraduates and students in grades K–12.
The New Hampshire Master Chorale also utilizes a “Pay What You Are Able” ticket policy so that anyone can attend regardless of financial ability. We welcome all donations to support this.