- Category: Events
- Published: 28 April 2019
City Voices Concert featuring the Norfolk Street Choir
Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.
Freemason Street Baptist Church
400 East Freemason Street, Norfolk 23510
Free Admission - No ticket needed
Since the Norfolk Street Choir (NSC) was begun in fall of 2016, it has provided a place where individuals affected by homelessness could learn to sing, while also being reminded of their capacity to create community and affirm their value as individuals of ability and worth.
WHRO was first introduced to the NSC when members of our production staff began working on a documentary about the group. Since then, WHRO staff has spent a lot of time with choir members, and we look forward to presenting their story on WHRO TV 15 later this year. We are also really excited about their upcoming concert!
Performances by the street choir have attracted enthusiastic audiences who have repeatedly expressed the transformative experience of NSC Concerts. On Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m., the NSC will offer its third annual spring concert at Freemason Street Baptist Church in downtown Norfolk, and will include a variety of professional singers and instrumental musicians as they perform well known songs by artists like Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Rachel Platten, Carole King and Stephen Schwartz.
According to founding director Robert Shoup, “At the heart of our work is the understanding that individuals experiencing homelessness do not constitute a separate class of people. They are our neighbors. Neighbors whose streets have included overwhelming challenges but who, every week, show up to work and sing, and in so doing inspire me and our staff. Their performances of hopefulness offer something most cannot: the unique power of having come from a place where it would be so easy to simply give up. I am very proud to join my musical friends for this third City Voices program.”
Celebrated Virginia Symphony Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta has noted that the Norfolk Street Choir has welcomed the vulnerable “into the world of art and healing, where music makes a vital difference.”
In addition to popular songs, selections from musical theater will also be performed by NSC friends, including “Light” from “Next to Normal,” and “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” from “Finding Neverland.” There will also be a Norfolk premiere when Jonathan Belka performs his original “High Hopes (Since California).” Adding to the energy of the program will be a full rhythm horn section, and multiple opportunities for audience members to participate.
“This year’s concert really engages the audience like never before – it’s fun and exciting, and a perfect way to make good on the Street Choir’s message that we all belong to one another in this community,” said staff member Stephanie Van Leeuwen.
Admission to City Voices is free. We hope you will join us on May 19 at 3 p.m. for this great event.