This Saturday December 6, the YNYC mixed chorus will present And On Earth: a holiday meditation on Peace. Below are the concert’s program notes from YNYC Artistic Director Michael Kerschner. We hope you’ll join us for this spectacular evening! Tickets are available here: ynycandonearth.brownpapertickets.com
And On Earth
“…peace, good will towards men.”
Trying to write about peace the week of the Ferguson grand jury decision has been tough. I thought leaving the word “peace” out of the concert title would strengthen the word, as if the word itself did not need to be written or spoken to be heard or understood. But when I see images of protest, broadcast from Missouri, I wonder if our title’s missing text doesn’t reflect an absence in our national dialogue. Peace, the benevolent gift of Christmas, seems hard to find.
Our artistic challenge tonight is to inspire the righteous, regardless of their title or position, to continue to keep the peacemaker in Christmas. Believing that you all qualify, this concert is for you. Let the sonic and visual beauty nourish your souls so that you are better prepared to repair the weak and weary this holiday season. Go forth in life as heroes and sheroes.
Just as the title of this concert leaves out an important word (peace), so too do our musical selections. Trusting that a picture is worth a thousand words, we want to present you some pictures through Instagram. For many of us, the music we perform is concrete; for some of us, the music can be abstract and challenging. We hope that the collective activity and meditation on a thought or image can help you feel the music more holistically. A room full of souls basking in the same beautiful sounds and seeing the same beautiful image possesses enormous power.
We are emboldened by our singing throughout the season. Our holiday wish is that we may help embolden you; that our brief encounter with beauty will add a halo to your brightness. It may not be a time of justice or balance, but it can be a time of harmony. We are grateful that you are here to harmonize with us, and we hope to see you for each of the exciting concerts of the Instachromatic season. Happy holidays, and may you find peace and harmony in the year ahead.
— Michael Kerschner, Artistic Director