Sing with Me
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Kids and adults, side by side, singing from the heart—that was the core of the Minnesota Chorale's 2009 Bridges concert, "Sing with Me," which celebrated the mentoring relationships that have blossomed between the Minneapolis Youth Chorus and adult singers in the Chorale. The concert took place on Saturday, November 21, at St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis.
Led by Chorale Artistic Director Kathy Saltzman Romey and MYC Founding Conductor Patrice Arasim, "Sing with Me" featured music for singers from eight to 80, including the world premiere of "Wake Up in the Morning!" by Stephen Paulus (written especially for the occasion), a song ("The Music Moves Like We Do") created by five MYC members during an August, 2009, composition workshop led by former Chorale composer-in-residence Janika Vandervelde, and John Corigliano's joyful, lyrical setting of "Fern Hill," a hymn to youth by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The program was mounted in collaboration with the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota.
Kathy Romey: "Choral singing incubates relationships, and mentoring provides a vital link between generations, particularly in a time of rapid cultural change. It's natural to bring them together."
Patrice Arasim: "MYC was conceived as more than just a choir. It's a multi-dimensional after-school program that addresses not merely the voice but the whole individual. It's designed to foster social and emotional growth, to develop intellectual skills, and to function as a positive source of group identity and pride. MYC's mentoring program, intended as a permanent component of its activity, will further all these objectives while also enriching the experience of the adults in the Minnesota Chorale."