Songs of Unity

Assabet Valley Mastersingers
The R,R,Jay Performing Arts Center at Saint John's High School
378 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA01545
Event date: 
30 Oct 2021
Start Time: 
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
Dr. Robert P. Eaton

Assabet Valley Founder and Artistic Director Robert P. Eaton will conduct the chorus, soloists, and orchestra performing works by Cynthia Wong, Dann Forrest, and Oliver Caplan on Saturday, October 30, 2021 entitled Songs of Unity.

 To celebrate singing, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers will begin its 2021-2022 concert series in the R.R. Jay Performing Arts Center at Saint John’s High School, 378 Main St. in Shrewsbury on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 8:00pm. AVM founder and Artistic Director Robert P. Eaton will conduct the chorus, orchestra and soloists in presenting Songs of Unity.


Commissioned by AVM in honor of its 40th anniversary, Unity in Diversity, by Northborough native Cynthia Lee Wong, is a song cycle with texts by Wordsworth, Teasdale, and Tagore, touching on themes which resonate today – nature and destruction, love, and unity. In LUX: The Dawn From On High, composer Dan Forrest explores ancient liturgical chant, scripture, and modern secular love poetry.  The lyrics of We Exist respond to the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia with Oliver Caplan’s composition honoring all races, all faiths, and all genders.


Concert tickets may be purchased through or at the venue the evening of the concert. The price is $25.00 and $20.00 for seniors and students.


It is an AVM core value to be responsible and community-minded. As such AVM will follow all public health guidelines provided by Federal, state, and local health departments and those of our concert venues.  Please check our website for the most up to date information.


 Saint John’s Performance Hall is accessible to the physically challenged.  For further information, reference Our programs are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Cultural Councils of Ashland, Boylston, Grafton, Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, West Boylston, and Westborough.  AVM is also supported in part by grants from the Avidia Charitable Foundation; from Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.


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