Concert Season

Sea Change Chorale partners annually with local organizations to hold a major spring concert, including guest performers and speakers, that highlight our partner’s mission and to help raise donations for their cause. In addition to this social justice partnership, we give performances several times a year to support the mission of various non-profit organizations in the region, which includes seasonal fundraising drives or annual social justice events.

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

  In September 2016, we were privileged to host the first Concert Across America to End Gun Violence in Congress Square Park, Portland. It was one of 150 concerts across the country being held to honor the victims of gun violence and their families. Last year 5,225 artists at 350 events in 43 states came together to unite us through music. At the inaugural concert in 2016, we lead a lineup of performers that included Gina Alibrio, Wes Covey,  Lyle Divinsky, Ronda Dale, and Pihcintu, Portland’s immigrant choir.   The concert was co-sponsored by Maine Gun Safety Coalition, Maine Moms Demand Action, Remembering Darien and the Friends of Congress Square Park. Mayor Ethan Strimling spoke, along with the mother of a gun-murder victim, Judi Richardson, and Nick Wilson, executive director of the Maine Gun Safety Coalition. Artistic director Deirdre McClure chose to anchor the chorale’s performance with the Lacrymosa from the Mozart Requiem, followed by songs that offered hope, including Harry Belafonte’s “Turn the World Around” and “We Will Remember Them” by Elizabeth Alexander, based on a Hebrew prayer. We will again be part of the remembrance concert in September 2017.

Food and Donation Drive

We are proud to work with Good Shepherd Food Bank each fall for a food and donation drive at Skillins Greenhouse in Falmouth. In exchange for a free concert, we ask that visitors bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations that will help combat hunger and food scarcity during the holiday season.

MLK Day

For the past several years, Phoenix Chorale has performed a selection of songs in honor of MLK day, prior to the NAACP celebration dinner. This tradition will continue with Sea Change Chorale in 2017.

Annual Spring Concert

Each year, our Annual Benefit Concert is performed to financially support a partner organization that works to enhance Maine’s environment and its population through innovative social programs. 100% of concert proceeds are donated to the partner organization.     2017-2018: Portland Community Free Clinic Our annual benefit concert will be held May 12, 2018 at St. Luke’s Cathedral of Portland. We will be raising awareness and funds for the Portland Community Free Clinic as part of our social justice commitment to community health.  The PCFC provides healthcare at no cost to uninsured adults between the ages of 18 and 65 who live in southern Maine, primarily Cumberland and York counties.   Join us in supporting the mission of the PCFC: Believing that access to healthcare is a basic human right, the Portland Community Free Clinic and our volunteer partners strive to provide and advocate for the highest quality primary healthcare for those we serve.   2016-2017: In Her Presence In our final season as Phoenix Chorale, we were honored to partner with In Her Presence, a local organization that offers programs to embrace, empower, and enrich the lives of immigrant women. In Her Presence provides language assistance, movement classes, and professional advice to help members create meaningful lives and find employment in the US. The organization is dedicated to helping immigrant women and girls to cope with stress and feel confident in this new country, while balancing the unique and powerful cultural identity of each woman. Using song as a means of building community, we invited singers from In Her presence to join us in rehearsals, where we shared songs and culture, and sang together. Our 2017 spring concert featured songs from African and Western cultures, and included joint performances by our chorale and singers from In Her Presence. See our newsletter for more details on the concert.       2015-2016: Immigrant Legal Advisory Project (ILAP) Our concert in Spring 2016 raised funds for the Immigrant Legal Advisory Project (ILAP) of Maine, an organization dedicated to helping low-income immigrants improve their legal status and working for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. The concert reflected on the issue of immigration, bringing forth music from different cultures to lend an understanding of the concept of home – leaving home, finding home, celebrating one’s homeland. Other selections cultivated a sense of community and humanized the struggle, longing, and hope that are part of the immigrant’s experience. Joining the choir on the concert was lutenist Timothy Burris and Syrian violinist Aban Zirikly.   2014-2015: Preble Street Resource Center In our inaugural season as the Phoenix Chorale, our spring concert raised funds and awareness for Preble Street Resource Center located in Portland, Maine. Preble Street provides many lifelines for Maine’s homeless population, serving meals 365 days a year, and providing outreach, clothing, employment counseling, and shelter, as well as other much needed services. Their mission is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.