Music for a Cause: Keene State College Chamber Singers Partner with Phoenix House

Saturday, March 16th, 2013
Keene State College Chamber Singers

The Keene State College Chamber Singers will perform a concert to benefit Phoenix House Keene Center

Young musicians at Keene State College have come up with an innovative way to support nonprofit organizations in southern New Hampshire, and this spring Phoenix House Keene Center, which provides residential and outpatient rehabilitation for substance abuse, is the beneficiary of their time and talents.

Each semester, the Keene State College Chamber Singers partner with a nonprofit organization in the Monadnock region.  The Singers learn about the organization’s mission, prepare music based on that theme, perform outreach events, and finally donate 20 percent of concert proceeds to the organization.  In the past, the Singers have partnered with Hundred Nights Shelter, Stonewall Farm, and the Monadnock Conservancy. During the Spring 2013 semester, Phoenix House Keene Center will benefit from this creative and generous musical partnership.

Don’t Miss This Concert in Support of Recovery!

On Sunday, April 14, 2013, the Chamber Singers will present a concert entitled “ARISE!  Songs of Triumphant Beauty.”  The concert will feature Mozart’s “Regina Coeli” and Bernstein’s “The Lark,” with guest countertenor soloist, Aaron Russo. Other works by Nystedt, Arcadelt, Stanford, Gibbons, and Passereau will also be performed.  A pre-concert lecture panel will begin at 2:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 3:00 p.m. in Redfern Art Center’s Alumni Recital Hall. The Chamber Singers are conducted by Dr. Sandra Howard and student assistant conductor Hannah Hall, and are joined by collaborative pianist Cheryl Sharrock.

To learn more about Phoenix House and our services, the singers invited Amelie Gooding, Program Director, Phoenix House Keene Center, to visit the Keene State campus and answer questions regarding Keene Center’s services to the community, the ways in which drug and alcohol treatment have changed over time, the impact of funding questions on individual access to recovery services, the range of individuals affected by substance abuse, and ways in which the Singers themselves could contribute to educating the general public on addiction and helping people in crisis.  As a follow-up, the Singers plan a visit to Keene Center where they will meet with clients, listen to their stories, and learn from their experiences.

New Hampshireis a state hit hard by the current economic climate, and substance abuse treatment programs have been particularly affected.  To see these young musicians take such a deep and generous interest in helping Phoenix House provide a healthier, happier future to drug- and alcohol-troubled people is heartwarming indeed!

Every day, Phoenix Houses of New England’s 45 programs help hundreds of people who are struggling with addiction turn their lives around.  For more information on our programs and services, please call 1 888 671 9392.

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