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Spring Concert 2019

Family Folk Chorale Presents
20th Anniversary Year

starA REASON TO BELIEVE
The Music of Bruce Springsteen
Sunday, March 24th
3 - 5 PM
Arlington Town Hall
730 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA

$15, senior/child $12


 

Life, passion, redemption, and community-- all are invited to sing these themes woven together in harmony at the upcoming Family Folk Chorale concert “A Reason to Believe”.

The event will be an all-ages rousing sing and concert of the music of Bruce Springsteen, including “Glory Days”, “Born in the USA”, “Hungry Heart”, “Streets of Philadelphia”, a medley of familiar favorites and many more. Join us Sunday afternoon, March 24, to celebrate the rich and poignant decades-long stream of songs honoring our human yearnings, authenticity and struggles.
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The afternoon program, curated and arranged by artistic director Chris Eastburn from the 18-album canon of ‘The Poet Laureate of Rock 'n Roll’ Bruce Springsteen, also includes compelling gems from his later uplifting, humanistic songwriting evolution. Songs such as “The Rising”, “Land of Hope and Dreams” and “We Take Care of Our Own” are some of Springsteen's optimistic, expansive, exuberant creations that call forth visions of healing human connection. These songs make The Boss one of the most successful songwriters of all time, yet at the same time these songs offer an antidote to commercial culture. Bring your family to sing, clap, and dance along!

Also featuring the chorale singing the song that won First Place from our 2019 Songwriting Competition, "Ring the Bells" by Susan Kane, arranged for chorus and band by award-winning conductor, arranger, and songwriter Chris Eastburn. More details about this year's winning songs and songwriters here.

We are excited to be collaborating with Mothers Out Front for our concert! The Arlington Community Organizing Team of Mothers Out Front is a group of mothers, grandmothers and caretakers who have come together to take action on climate change. They are working with similar groups across the state and country to build a powerful grassroots movement to ensure that our children have a livable future in the face of climate change. You can visit the Mothers Out Front table at the concert to learn more about them! In the meantime, see more info here: https://ma.mothersoutfront.org/arlington

Family Folk Chorale is the Boston area’s premier intergenerational chorus, led by award-winning Artistic Director Chris Eastburn and backed by some of Boston’s most versatile musicians, including Gary Backstrom on guitars; Jonah Backstrom on drums; Paul Hatem on guitar; and Quinn Eastburn on fiddle and keyboard.

Family Folk Chorale concerts are described by audience members as a musical "experience” or “happening” that hails to a time when live music was part of the daily fabric of home and community. These concerts are perfect for people of all ages – we provide lyrics, opportunities to sing and dance along, refreshments, and a floor seating area up front for young children.

The historic Arlington Town Hall is easily accessible by MBTA bus #77 from Harvard Square, or you’ll find plenty of free, on-street and public lot parking on Sundays. Walk to dinner after the concert at one of Arlington Center's eateries and cafes.

Box office opens one hour before concert.

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