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Mosaic Harmony Proudly Presents "Friends in Harmony Celebrating Diversity" Concert on June 12
In 2015, the Arts Council of Fairfax County announced that Mosaic Harmony, an award winning, interfaith, multicultural choir, based in Oakton, Virginia was awarded a grant of more than $11,000 for a diversity project.
By: Mosaic Harmony
This grant funding has enabled Mosaic Harmony to collaborate with three Northern Virginia based diverse choirs, singing together in four different languages. Along with Mosaic Harmony’s spiritual songs in the gospel tradition, the partner choirs will sing in Hebrew, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. The diversity project will consist of the four choirs recorded to sing separately and together while recording a unique, one-of-a-kind CD. The live concert will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 4:00pm and will feature all four choirs singing songs from the CD, which will be released at the concert and given to concert patrons as a thank you for attending. Tickets for the concert will go on sale May 1.
The creation of the very diverse choir program was started late in 2014 by Mosaic Harmony with the support of the Arts Council, to participate in their project grant program for Fiscal Year 2016. “Our search to find three diverse choirs to sing with us was a daunting task,” noted Mary Lou McCarthy, current Mosaic Harmony Board President. However, we were successful in finding three choirs, Olam Tikvah (Hebrew), Ketzal (Spanish) and Nova Church (Japanese/Korean)
The choirs have been in the recording studio over the past few weeks and in particular, have each learned a new song “My Prayer,” penned by Mosaic Harmony’s music director Rev. David K. North, who is serving as the executive producer for the CD and the live concert in June.
McCarthy went on to note, “now that we have actually gone into the studio to record our segment of the CD, it’s become more of a reality and we couldn’t be more pleased about the diversity project coming together so smoothly. After hosting our first World Interfaith Harmony Week concert on February 1, it really took the excitement of the diversity project and concert to a new level. We are so appreciative of the wonderful opportunity provided by the Arts Council of Fairfax County to assist us in furthering our mission to unify the world one song at a time.”
Mosaic Harmony has recorded three previous CDs and performed throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area for the past twenty-two years in a variety of locations from the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the Pentagon, Washington Hospital Center, Northern Virginia Mental Health hospital and many others. The choir hosts their annual spring fundraiser concert Sunday, April 24 at 4:00pm at UUCF in Oakton and tickets go on sale March 1. For more information on the choir, their history and performance schedule and to hear samples from their CDs, visit their site, www.mosaicharmony.org