The weather was wonderful, a little chilly but still hangout weather in Central Park. POHC members gathered around the Naumburg Bandshell to participate in the 11th annual Vigil for International Peace, a day of music, performance, and arts inspired by the United Nations' 2001 Resolution 55/282, which designates each September 21st as a full day of global ceasefire and nonviolence.As I approached the area with two of our newer members, there was already a performance going on.
I don't know the group name, but they were already singing John Lennon's Imagine, a song we were planning to sing. We stepped away from the crowd, away from the stage area, and started a short rehearsal with a warm-up. No physical exercise as we would do in regular rehearsals, but voice exercise. When we were singing the South African hymn, Siyahamba, two trucks drove through the area and we had to step aside while we still practiced the song. Then we rehearsed Peace Salaam Shalom. Even though there were some distractions, we worked together and were ready to perform.
After our rehearsal/warm-up, we went back to watching others perform while we waited for our turn. We had planned to start at 2pm but it was already 20 minutes after. Finally it was our turn. We waited on the stairs behind the stage. It was kinda narrow as we walked inside. We finally got on stage, right after POHC Soprano, Cheryl, and friends sang a song. Then it was our turn.
We started out with Peace Salaam Shalom (POHC Soprano, Deb, helped out by joining the Alto section for the song, and it turned out great). Then we went on with Siyahamba. Easy song to get through too. Then we sang our theme song, Let There Be Peace on Earth, which was also our final song for this concert. While we sang, there were several people in the audience waving their hands from side to side, something we don't always see at our concerts. The audience seemed to enjoy our performance and we enjoyed being there.
-Peace of Heart Tenor
It has become a tradition for a member of POHC to do a post-concert write-up. It started when our 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.