BENEFITING: Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston
EVENT DATE: Jul 27, 2014
U.S. Customs and Border Protection anticipates that more than 15,000 orphaned children will illegally cross the North American Border this year (source: New York Times). Chant for Children is a humanitarian performance art project designed to engender compassion for these children and to raise funds for the immediate relief of all Northern, Central, and South American children who are the victims of poverty and gang- and drug-related violence.
Chant for Children: Nantucket will consist of a single plainsong chant by the 12th century Catholic mystic Hildegard of Bingen; Rex noster promptus est suscipere sanguinem innocentum (Our King is ready to receive the blood of the innocents) repeated for nine-hours in responsorial form by solo singer Gretja Martinsdottir and organist Robert Behrman, as well as by a number of guest singers and instrumentalists.
This marathon-style performance demonstrates the desire of the artists and participants to show compassion by giving up a degree of their own comfort in order to identify with the suffering of orphaned children who have in many cases walked over a thousand miles to reach the safety of the North American border.
Chant for Children: Nantucket will take place on Sunday, July 27 from 1PM to 10PM at the First Congregational Church. The performance will be broadcast on Livestream, and will conclude with a procession and candlelight vigil through town, and end with instrumental improvisations on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" at the African American Meeting House. Tax-deductible donations will be accepted onsite at the First Congregational Church and online using crowdrise.com. All contributions will go directly to relief efforts by Catholic Charities in Fort Worth, TX and Boston, MA.