HARMONY & HOPE
HARMONY & HOPE
Responding to Violence with Music
Homicide Awareness Month 2019
Saturday December 7, 2019 at 3pm
Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Dr., Roxbury, MA
This concert is an annual community event designed to celebrate the lives of those lost to violence and to serve as a collective stand against gun and street violence in our city.
"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely,
more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." — Leonard Bernstein
The Fourth Annual Harmony & Hope concert will include both chamber and gospel music, as a well as Fire Mountain Intermezzo, a string piece by Beth Denisch, Berklee College of Music composition professor. A tea-light ceremony in remembrance of homicide victims will be at the center of the event.
“On Monday, November 28, 2011, my son Marquis and I were spending time together, after which he left to visit his youngest son. I remember telling my baby ‘mommy loves you and I’ll see you tomorrow.’ My tomorrow never came. On Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 my doorbell rang and it was a detective coming to tell me that my son was killed. He was shot in the back of the head and found lying in the street. I experienced the most painful and empty feeling that I would never wish on anyone. I wanted this nightmare to end. I wanted to see and hold my son.”
—Clarissa Turner, Founder of Legacy Lives On
Sadly, Clarissa’s story is not unique. Due to the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S., lives continue to be lost to police brutality, street violence, school shootings, and domestic violence, while trauma and fear intensify. This concert addresses this epidemic with an outpouring of beauty and love.
"Acknowledging a family's loss brings us a step closer to brotherhood and sisterhood." — Julie Shearer
"I have never experienced such highs and lows in a performance because it was all so genuine. You could tell people left feeling uplifted and hopeful." — Adrienne Robinson
"It was a moving, heartfelt and healing event. I found myself fluctuating between the deep feelings of loss and sadness and then bearing witness to heroic examples of resilience and growth from those most impacted by violence.... it was a true gift to all of us who had the privilege to be there." — Allen Spivack