Interfaith Perspectives on Communal Trauma and Healing

This one is short, because I’m running out to our second concert of the day in Central Park. Our first concert today was an event co-sponsored by the Interfaith Center of New York, the Prepare New York coalition, the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, and others. Suffice it to say that they were a diverse group--not unlike POHC!About fifty people altogether, and they LOVED us.

We went on after a ten-minute speech by someone of the Sikh faith, who shared some history of his religion. We sang while the audience ate (we had some food after the concert and it was very good!).  They listened intently to all the introductions and all the songs, and they sang along with Blowin' In the Wind and Down By the Riverside.

My favorite memory of this concert was the man in the back with the bright white pagri, or turban, clapping along with our Hebrew/Arabic song, Od Yavo.Our only regret was that Bill was stuck on the train and couldn’t make it for his solo.  We Remember You was supposed to be first on the program, but René pushed it to last place, hoping Bill would arrive.  When he didn’t, we closed the program with his song--Barry on solo. So...onward to Central Park for some music with September Concert.  Hope to see you there.

- Peace of Heart Member and Sign-up Coordinator

It has become a tradition for a member of POHC to do a post-concert write-up. It started when Sign-up Coordinator began emailing her summaries to the other members in order to entice newer members to sign-up to sing at community concerts held early in the season. It didn't take long for Concert Write-ups to become greatly anticipated amongst our members, so we share them here in hopes that you'll join us at a future concert.