Bread & Roses present spring benefit concert

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

Bread & Roses women’s chorus, directed by Peggy Safford, will present “Honoring Our Past,” a special spring music concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb.

The concert will benefit the Northwest Illinois chapter of Girls on the Run in DeKalb, a nonprofit program that inspires and encourages girls in third through eighth grade to “learn, dream, live, run.”

The spring concert celebrates the season, and honors the past, featuring an exciting selection of music, honoring the women who have inspired Bread & Roses members, as well as acknowledging their place in history and the world. The selections include gospel and traditional American music, contemporary selections from female composers, original songs written by chorus members and a special solo performance of “Homeward Bound” by director Peggy Safford. The 20-voice chorus will perform mostly a capella, and will be joined in several songs by guest instrumental performers.

The selections include “Bread and Roses,” the song from which the group derives its name and “Standing Before Us,” which honors women leaders, family members and others both past and present who have made their mark on the world. A highlight will be a visual display of these female heroes and mentors.

All are welcome. A free-will donation will be accepted at the door ($10 to $15 is suggested).

For information about the chorus, visit www.breadandroseschorus.org. For information about Girls on the Run, visit www.gotrnwil.org.

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