To the editor:
On Sunday, June 9, Concinnity will present a concert ”Imagine” at the United Methodist Church on state Route 104 in Oswego at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. We will be joined by Kindred Spirits, Mihoko’s Singer’s (under the direction of Dr. Mihoko Tsutsumi) and Concinnity Strings (under the direction of Cheryl Rogers).
I have been singing with this group for nearly 20 years, Concinnity is directed by Mary Lou Bjorkman. Our ensemble is an interesting group of women; there are 12 of us, give or take, from season to season. Most of us are now retired. We have had a variety of careers: business owner, scientist, lawyer, social worker, nurse and teacher. We are wives, mothers, grandmothers and active community members. The bond that has brought us together is our mutual love of making music.
In the last few years we, like many of you, have felt overwhelmed by the problems plaguing our beloved country. We worry about the futures of our children and grandchildren- our environment, the growing threat to targeted groups based on religion, race gender and sexual orientation. We are disturbed by the hateful rhetoric that permeates social media.
I am certain that many of you share these concerns. What do we do? For the members of Concinnity the answer has been to bring hope and solace through the beauty of music. For those of us who grew up in the 60s and 70s, the power of music to make social change is clear.
Please mark your calendars, Sunday June 9, 3 p.m.
Let our music give you inspiration. In the words of John Lennon’s anthem, “Imagine” — ”You’re not the only one...Join us and the world will be as one.”