TCP partnered with three homelessness services agencies for ART OF SOUND :: Seeking a Home, February 9-10, which was centered around David Lang‘s Pulitzer-Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion. Each agency will receive a portion of the concerts’ proceeds and two of them sent representatives to one of the concerts to accept financial donations from audience members, who enthusiastically responded!
After the concert, Darrie Ganzhorn, Executive Director of the Homeless Garden Project, wrote, “Such deep thanks to you for such a moving performance! What a gift you gave to all of us there to be so touched by the story, voices and music. It brought up many thoughts and emotions for me. We received $423 in donations–an extraordinary success for simply putting out a bucket for donations. I imagine the audience was inspired to act by the thought provoking evening.”
The Winter Faith Collaborative’s Program Director, Phil Mastrocola, wrote, “Thank you, The Choral Project for partnering with us, to help raise awareness of the need for more faith communities to open their doors to offer overnight shelter to our most vulnerable neighbors. As your piece The Little Match Girl Passion so beautifully illustrated, too many are freezing to death in our community. And as Daniel Hughes, the conductor pointed out, most of us are all just a paycheck (or illness) away from becoming homeless.
The concert had a similar effect on the audience. One audience member wrote, “The concert was amazing, moving me to tears with its beauty. I don’t think I have ever heard a better or more moving vocal concert. It adhered so well to the theme of home. I’ve already put the Earthsongs concert in June on my calendar!”