Raise voices to celebrate peace and unity
Originally posted by: The Virginian Pilot
Two years ago, in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, and with the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, approaching, a palpable sense of unease fell over Hampton Roads. Searching for a way to bring the community together, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra convened the first CommUNITY Play-In and Sing-Along. With only two weeks to plan and promote the event, more than 700 people came together to sing, play, rejoice, listen and learn.
Faith leaders from a variety of religious communities shared messages of empathy and understanding. Military leaders reminded us of the power of brotherhood and sisterhood. Local arts organizations performed and helped us find the beauty in the unexpressed talents of others.
The Hampton Roads community is diverse and, at times, divided. But together we created a space that fostered unity and reminded us that the diversity of Hampton Roads should be celebrated.
On Sept. 8, we’re going to do it again.
Attendees are welcomed to play or sing along with the VSO, or to simply observe, as our community joins together in celebration of peace, inclusion and unity. Music for any skill level can be downloaded by registering at virginiasymphony.org.
In a national climate where fearful and divisive voices can overwhelm the conversation, the arts can cut through the noise. We hope you’ll join us on Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Scope Arena as we raise our voices as one to celebrate our unique CommUNITY.
Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Councilwoman
Karen M. Philion, President and CEO, Virginia Symphony