LOVE IS LOVE- Songs of Liberty & Hope
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERITIES UNION
Hima Joshi & Christine Lehman, sopranos
Katie Klaerich, pianist
works by Barber, Faure, Laitman and more
Following the enormous changes in our society this past year, we felt the need to raise our voices in support of freedom, love, and hope. The pieces that we have chosen revolve around these themes. Take Care of This House from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a plea for the protection of the White House, our country, and the planet we all call home. The spiritual entitled City Called Heaven laments racial oppression, and Our Lady of the Harbor recognizes the struggles of immigrants. We affirm our vision of freedom by comparing it to a brook joyously running toward the sea in Va Godendo, an operatic aria. And as Matthew J. Armstrong writes in his piece Love is Love, all love is label-free and universal. We celebrate love in its many forms in a set of arias and lullabies. As a part of our healing process, we turn toward the future with a sense of hope and renewal. As Mary Oliver states in her poem, set to music by Lori Laitman, "Imagine the long and wondrous journeys still to be ours." Poet James Agee, upon viewing the earth from an airplane, writes, "All is healed. All is health." Music heals, and for that, we are grateful. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.
Hima Joshi, soprano, earned her doctorate in chemistry from UCSD in 2001. She has taught at the University of San Diego and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Hima is the Chair of the Science Department at Francis Parker School, where she frequently collaborates with the music faculty to create unique performance experiences. As a singer, Hima strives to make classical vocal music accessible to the general public. She sings with the La Jolla Symphony Chorus and is a founding member of Sorelle San Diego, a select women's choir. Hima studies voice with Sarah Agler.
Christine Lehman, soprano, has performed as soloist with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Palomar Orchestra and Chorale, Fallbrook Music Society, Mendocino Music Festival, and others. She served as Staff Singer with the La Jolla Symphony Chorus and Soprano Soloist at the Congregational Church of La Jolla. Chris is Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, and has directed choirs for San Diego North Coast Singers, the Encinitas Union School District, and San Marcos Lutheran Church. She teaches voice and piano.
Katie Klaerich is a classically-trained pianist from San Diego, California. She graduated with a degree in Piano Performance from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2015, where she studied with David Korevaar. Katie worked as an accompanist at Redeemer by The Sea, Lutheran church in Carlsbad from 2009-2011. From 2015-2016, she worked as the accompanist for the music department at Niwot High School, located in Niwot, Colorado. After moving back to San Diego last summer, Katie has had the pleasure of collaborating with many different choirs, instrumentalists, and vocalists. Some of the choirs she has worked with include Sorelle of the North Coast Singers, the student choir of Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, and the choir at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, where she has recently become the regular pianist. In addition to her collaborative work, Katie also teaches piano.
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