LETTERS TO OUR CHILDREN:
Voices across Generations for LGBTQ+ Youth
Old South Church, 645 Boylston St, in Boston's Copley Square
ANDREA CLEARFIELD, HERE I AM: I AM HERE [World Premiere]
based on open letters by LGBTQ+ youth advocates Mimi Lemay and Sam Brinton
RONALD PERERA, When Music Sounds
OLA GJEILO, Dark Night of the Soul,
GJEILO, Luminous Night of the Soul
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Jonas Budris, tenor
Mimi Lemay, narrator
Sam Brinton, narrator
The Arneis Quartet
Heather Braun, violin
Rose Drucker, violin
Daniel Doña, viola
Agnes Kim, cello
Yulia Yun, pianist
The 14th Annual Daniel Pinkham Award will be presented to Sam Brinton for their work to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy.
Voices reach out across generations in a newly commissioned work by an award winning composer. A mother writes to her transgender son on his 5th birthday to affirm who he always was. A survivor of conversion therapy writes to the memory of their own younger self, fighting to survive their mother’s desperate attempt to save them from who they are.
We further explore the intimate power of the human voice and spirit through poems on music by Walter de la Mare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Emily Dickinson, and a contemporary Norwegian composer’s settings of a 16th century Spanish mystic.
Sponsored by Steve Vorenberg & Kerry Marshall and supported in part by grants from Choral Arts New England, The Equality Fund of the Boston Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The Letters Project: Add your voice!
Inspired by the powerful letters of Mimi Lemay and Sam Brinton, Coro Allegro and Community Partners like Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth and the Mass Transgenders Political Coalition are gathering and sharing other letters from the LGBTQ+ community and allies to support queer youth and their families. We invite you to join us with an open letter of your own! Learn more.