The concert series started on Sunday, May 20 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax ("UUCF") in Oakton, VA in front of a capacity audience. Highlights from the concert included what has become a perennial favorite, One Humankind, written by director David K. North, with alto soloist Nikki Barnett. An arrangement of Khumbayah and the powerful gospel classic, The Storm is Passing Over, brought the audience to their feet. This concert was nothing short of fantastic remarked long time members who were in the audience instead of performing with the choir. Also in the audience was Mosaic Harmony founder Judy Harrison, long-time music director at UUCF and a music legend in the Northern Virginia area, said the concert was by far the most amazing she has heard from the group. Former members Mariah Burton Nelson (Tenor) and Carol Carter Walker (Alto) noted, “I wanted to be up there with you all having fun, clearly you were having fun and sounded better than ever!”
The concert features a compilation of songs ranging from traditional and contemporary African-American gospel to music written by their dynamic and talented director and as the highlight of the choral season is their largest fundraising effort. The added twist this year is a silent auction with donations from choir members as well as various local and out-of-state businesses. Mosaic Harmony’s concerts are high-energy, inspiring performances that leave their audiences feeling uplifted and encouraged. Bringing together people of diverse cultures, ages, backgrounds, and more than 21 faith traditions to celebrate humanity is Mosaic Harmony’s vision to be a source of inspiration on a local, national, and global level. The theme of the 2012 season has been about bridging harmony and partnerships, clearly aligning the mission and vision of Mosaic Harmony. The inspiration for this year's theme came from the short documentary filmed by Perfect Bind Productions' LeeAnn Dance. "Her amazing grasp of the choir''s beliefs and vision was spectacular and we are so thrilled with the finished product" noted 2011-2012 choir board president Kelly Miller. The video is available for viewing on the home page of the choir's website as well as clips from the choir's three CD's.
The choir has performed in a variety of locations over the years including five consecutive performances for the Martin Luther King celebration program at the Washington Hospital Center, a holiday performance in 1999 on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, four consecutive performances at the Pentagon, festival performance at Mary Washington College, a record fourteen consecutive performances at Mt. Zion Methodist church in Hamilton, Virginia, and in 2011, a highlight performance at DC Intersections. The choir assisted groups in raising tens of thousands of dollars for charities including Coats for Kids, Capital Hospice, Buganda University, the Brain Tumor Foundation, the Lakota Nation and Habitat for Humanity, as well as many other notable charitable causes. The choir’s performances have provided encouragement and hope to families in hospice care, residents of mental health facilities, residents living in retirement communities, and to the public for 19 years. In an effort to reach a wider audience in the area, this year the choir opted to host two different venues for their annual fundraiser. North further notes, "we are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform at Convergence for this year's concert we couldn't be more blessed."
Mosaic Harmony members prepare the entire season for their spring concert and often members who took sabbaticals for the season return to volunteer as spring concert staff. Ticket sales for the concert is available online through June 1, 2012 or may be purchased at the door. For ticket and performance information on the concerts, visit the website at www.mosaicharmony.org