A Choral Concert Celebrating “What Matters”

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Sometimes we may focus a little too much on things that make us different. But the fact that we’re loved no matter who we are is the theme of a summer choral concert presented by Nashville in Harmony. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Boulevard in Green Hills.

Nashville in Harmony is a city chorus that brings diverse Nashvillians together to show that we are all human first. Singing together, we transcend all differences and celebrate the things that really matter: love, peace and harmony.

The chorus will perform a wide variety of arrangements, all celebrating this spirit, such as classical arrangements of René Clausen’s “Oh, My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” and Christina Rossetti’s “Remember.”

The traditional Irish air “Quick! We have but a second” and “Breaths,” featuring African rhythms, will add international flavor to the performance. Two well-known tunes from famous American composers – Charles Chaplin’s “Smile” and Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” – will remind listeners that sometimes a positive outlook is all it takes to change attitudes for the better.

The title song of this inspiring concert is Randi Driscoll’s “What Matters,” written when the composer heard about Matthew Shepard’s murder. The song honors Matthew’s life, his family and the unconditional love they represent.

The four-part choral group, made up of some 25 volunteer singers, is directed by John DeVault and Tim Fudge, and accompanied by Don Schlosser.

“What Matters” is open to the public and everyone is invited to this special summer musical experience. The performance is free, with a suggested donation to help fund the group’s performances. Everyone is welcome to stay for a reception to be held immediately following the performance.

For additional information, visit the Nashville in Harmony Web site at www.nashvilleinharmony.org.