Pete Seeger concert benefit

Sunday, Apr 7, 2013 at 7:00pm

Community Unitarian Church at White Plains, NY

468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605

$30. for adults / $15.00 for children accompanied by an adult

Pete Seeger and Jim Scott in Concert to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
April 7, 2013; 7 PM
Community Unitarian Church
468 Rosedale Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605

In a benefit concert for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), the legendary Pete Seeger will join composer/guitarist Jim Scott and other musical friends in a celebration of peace and justice featuring some of Pete's most beloved songs. Under the direction of Lisa N. Meyer and Jean Young, the Adult and Children’s Choirs of Community Unitarian Church (CUC) will perform as well, along with bassist Jose Pienasola and clarinetist Enid Blount Press.
Pete Seeger is an American national treasure. His songs have inspired generations in the values of peace, justice and concern for the earth. If I Had a Hammer and Where Have All the Flowers Gone are fixtures of the folk repertoire, and Turn, Turn, Turn, a big hit for The Byrds, got Pete enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the late 1940’s Pete formed The Weavers. Even though the group was effectively blacklisted by the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee, Pete continued to compose and champion such causes as the Civil Rights struggles, opposition to the Vietnam War, and the campaign with the Sloop Clearwater to clean up the Hudson River and inspire environmentalism everywhere. Legend has it that Pete’s rendition of We Shall Overcome at the Highlander Center led to the young Martin Luther King, Jr.’s declaring it the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. With characteristic modesty, Pete describes himself as only a link in a long chain of musical tradition, but we cherish his insights and humor, as he reminds us of what's really important. And in light of what he feels is most important, Pete likes nothing better than to get everyone singing, perhaps his greatest gift to us.
Known to UUs (Unitarian Universalists) for his much loved hymn Gather the Spirit and other songs in UU hymnals, Jim Scott has been an activist with his music for many years. He tours the country as a solo artist and regularly adds to a growing line of choral music. As a member of the Paul Winter Consort, Jim was co-composer of their Missa Gaia / Earth Mass and sang the eco-anthem Common Ground. He's arranged many of Pete Seeger’s songs for choir. In the UU world, Jim helped create the Green Sanctuary program and following the creation of the Green Sanctuary Handbook, Jim received a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism to compile and arrange the Earth and Spirit Songbook, an anthology of 110 songs of earth and peace by many contemporary composers, including Pete Seeger. He's just written a choral song cycle on the UU 7 Principles, For This We Stand, which will have its premier in Madison, WI at First UU on April 14th.

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With headquarters in Cambridge, MA, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. UUSC envisions a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights. Through a combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC promotes economic rights, advances environmental justice, defends civil liberties, and preserves the rights of people in times of humanitarian crisis. Our work is built on the conviction that all people are entitled to basic human rights which transcend divisions of class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and gender.

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