Executive Director’s Blog: “The Harmony Project”
The final concert of this year’s Inside Track season is “Raise Me Up!,” a collaboration with the Harmony Project (www.harmonyproject.com). Led by the inimitable David Brown, the Harmony Project is a 200-voice choir that doubles as a community service tour de force. Their current project is the building of a Habitat for Humanity house in the Oakland Park area of Columbus.
Earlier this week, CJO tenor saxophonists Pete Mills and Michael Cox were joined on the build by several Jazz Arts Group staffers and board members. Personally, I learned how to use a table saw and install window bucks. The work was invigorating, the camaraderie was inspiring, and the experience was uplifting.
Living in a society — in a community — comes with a sense of responsibility, commitment, and mutual support. It’s not about political posturing or ideology. It’s about simple compassion for others who are less fortunate.
Each of us has the potential and the power to help others. Doing so creates a feeling of satisfaction that we should all experience.
Recently, Ann and Tom Hoaglin shared their passion for the music of Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra by giving generously to support the presentation of “Raise Me Up!” We thank them, along with Sequent, our series sponsor, for their commitment to our community.
On May 18 & 19, for only two shows, we will celebrate the sounds and the joy of so many voices lifted in song, soaring with the energy of Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. It’s a match for the ages, and you’re sure to come away inspired. Don’t miss it!
Dan Weiss, CPA, JD
Interim Executive Director
Jazz Arts Group