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Peace it Together – Voice by Voice : baritone Anthony Brown joins Voices for Peace in Concert
Orono, Hauck Auditorium, University of Maine – November 8, 2012
On November 8th at 7 PM, Anthony Brown, an internationally acclaimed baritone and peace ambassador from Albuquerque, New Mexico, will join Voices for Peace, an Eastern Mainechoral group, at Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine. The concert, Peace it Together Voice by Voice, will celebrate peace, hope, and justice through music. It is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Maine and the Bangor NAACP.
Anthony Brown is the founder of Peacing It Together Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that serves the global community as a resource and catalyst for peace and social justice. Brown brings people together across the divides of race, culture, religion, and conflict, uplifting despair to hope through his music and spoken word. His travels have taken him as a musician and an ambassador of peace to countries such as Bosnia, Moldova, Northern Ireland, Uganda, Ethiopia, the Philippines, China, Japan, South Korea and Colombia, offering music, including the African American spiritual, as a transforming and healing agent of change. Brown understands that music speaks the universal language of the heart and he uses it to bring people together,
emphasizing the oneness of humanity.
As an African American he has experienced the bitter reality of racism and indifference as he has navigated between life in black and white America. His music calls forth the wisdom of the ancestors who creatively used music to transcend their difficulties. He connects their wisdom to our present troubles and invites his listeners to join the movement for freedom, justice, peace, healing and hope. In 2006 he laid the cornerstone for the Anthony Brown Comprehensive School in Pader, Uganda. The school educates formerly abducted child soldiers.
Voices for Peace has been singing under the direction of Marty Kelley of Orono since 2005. Affiliated with the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, the group has grown from 5 to 30 members from Old Town to Belfast who sing a repertoire in 4-part harmony that fosters peace, hope and justice and the power of the individual and community to bring about change. As a result of Kelley’s vision, Voices for Peace has performed along with Rob Shetterley presenting his portraits of Americans Who Tell the Truth, at Veterans for Peace events, with Gordon Bok in “Another Land Made of Water”, and in numerous churches across the state.
Marty Kelley and Anthony Brown sang together while studying at Goshen College, a liberal arts college respected for its programs in international education, service-learning, and peace and justice. The concert on Nov. 8th will not only expose students and community to peace and social justice work as influenced through the arts, but will also be an opportunity to celebrate a reunion
for these two individuals who have dedicated their lives to building community through music. Tickets will be available at the door: Adults: $15, Seniors: $10, Students and children free.
For more information call Kay Carter, concert coordinator at 207-944-7814 or email [email protected] To learn more about Anthony Brown visit anthonybrownbaritone.net or peacingittogether.org.
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