Streamcast by HEC-TV from The Sheldon Concert Hall
October 25, 2020
Many thanks to all who made the concert possible!
View the full concert: Click here https://hecmedia.org/posts/tenth-annual-arts-faith-st-louis-interfaith-concert-songs-
Powerful music, photos of works of compassion, and special "Thank You" to healthcare workers
The program featured powerful music sung by soloists from diverse faith communities—including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus, renowned soprano Christine Brewer and dynamic jazz vocalist Anita Jackson.
A special tribute was made to the many dedicated doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are doing their works of compassion during the pandemic, through a new song by Paul Reuter entitled “Thank You” sung by Christine Brewer.
Moving photographs of St. Louis healthcare workers, including Christine’s own daughter Elisabeth who is a nurse, were shown during the "Thank You" song.
The concert also featured photographs of works of compassion performed by volunteers from faith communities represented in the concert. Preceded by photographs of volunteers from the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, two vocalists, jazz singer Anita Jackson and high school singer Eve Hill, drew attention to the need for racial equity. The concert ended with a rousing rendition of "God Bless America."
Soprano Christine Brewer Jazz Vocalist Anita Jackson
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Volunteer Opportunities to do Works of Compassion
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Arts & Faith St. Louis Receives 2020 FOCUS St. Louis
"What Is Right With the Region Award" for "Fostering Creativity for Social Change"
"The arts have a special ability to touch both the heart and mind--building bridges between people of different faiths, races, cultures, economic condition and geography. Since 2011, Arts & Faith St. Louis has used the power of music to remind our community of our shared spiritual and human values at an annual concert at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The event provides an opportunity to meet people of many faiths, races and backgrounds and is an opportunity to begin healing the divisions in our community." -- Laura Arnold, Chair, Arts & Faith St. Louis
Video of Laura Arnold receiving the award:
2020 Storytelling Events ...
“STORIES OF COMPASSION” -- IN JULY, ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS AND THE ST. LOUIS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL PRESENTED TWO VIRTUAL EVENTS ON FACEBOOK AND ZOOM
On July 19, 2020 four amazing storytellers from different faith communities in the St. Louis region presented their "Stories of Compassion" for adults:
Rev. Sheila Bouie-Sledge – North Park United Methodist Church
Rabbi Susan Talve – Central Reform Congregation
Sabira Jamal – Muslim storyteller from a Pakistani family and a former teacher
Fr. Mark Wedig – Dominican friar, Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University
On July 22, 2020 a virtual free children's storytelling event included these four special storytellers with their "Stories of Compassion" for children:
Patty Carleton – Baha’i storyteller, former children’s librarian at St. Louis Public Library
Barbara Raznick – Jewish storyteller, former head of Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library
Janet Brown – Episcopal, arts educator and theater teacher
Dr. Sumbul Meraj, M.D. – Muslim storyteller, Infectious Disease Specialist at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Memorial Hospital
On April 26, 2020 Arts & Faith St. Louis co-hosted with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival our first virtual storytelling event "STORIES OF COMPASSION"
Four storytellers from Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish faith communities in the St. Louis region presented their “Stories of Compassion”:
David Greenhaw of Eden Seminary - "On Epidemics and Orphans"
Bala Anantharama of the Hindu Faith - “Global Well-Being”
Mufti Asif Omar of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis - "Story of a Rider and An Old Man"
Rabbi James Stone Goodman of Central Reform Congregation - “Marabout"
Below is the full video of the April 26, 2020 virtual storytelling event. Click the arrow in the bottom left corner to play.
Last year’s concert, “Songs of Hope,” featured both adult and young singers and musicians from six faith communities – including Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist vocal ensembles from across the metropolitan area who shared their songs and music of hope. Also featured was celebrated soprano Christine Brewer, who performed new music by composer and clarinetist Stephanie Berg that premiered at Powell Symphony Hall, and a specially-assembled Interfaith Youth Chorus led by Maria Ellis.