Wicked Local: November 21, 2012

Sharing a New Song at Arlington's First Parish

Sharing A New Song (SANS) will present Welela, a celebration of American and South African music, on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 630 Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center. The 60-voice chorus, directed by Jonathan Singleton, will celebrate American and South African music as they relive musical memories from their summer 2012 South African tour.

SANS in South Africa

Sharing A New Song was founded in 1983 by then-Lincoln-Sudbury High School teacher David Clapp, to promote closer relationships between peoples of different countries and cultures. The chorus took its first tour of the former Soviet Union during the Cold War in 1984. Subsequent travels have included Russia, Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Czech Republic, China, South Africa, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Brazil. In 2003, the chorus visited the Gullah community of South Carolina, and the Houma Native American community in Louisiana. SANS traveled to Louisiana in the spring of 2007 and in 2011, to reconnect with friends in the Houma Indian Nation and in New Orleans. Sharing A New Song returned in August from an amazing journey to South Africa. SANS will travel to Nicaragua in the summer of 2013.

The mission of Sharing A New Song is to use music as a bridge to promote better understanding and communication with people in other cultures and countries. The group also promotes choral exchanges with groups from some of the distant regions it has visited and with other community choruses in the Boston area.

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