Lehigh Valley Song Project Unites Musical Artists
The newly minted Lehigh Valley Song Project, an initiative bringing together musical artists from across the Lehigh Valley, just premiered a collaboratively-created video performance at an outdoor musical performance and socially distanced celebration entitled Songs of Hope and Resistance on July 23. The song is “Lehigh Valley Be Free.” From their press release:
In a time of global pandemic and important discussions about racial justice and inequality, the Lehigh Valley Song Project was created in an effort to celebrate the connectedness and freedoms that benefit our communities. Top Lehigh Valley musical performers from across genres signed on to create a diverse, honest, hopeful look at the future – through song. Due to the necessary restrictions of COVID-19, performers are recording separately, for a music video that will premiere on July 23. Touchstone Theatre plans an outdoor release party/concert to celebrate the launch of the video with an accompanying livestream of the event:
“This is an artistic response to this unique moment in history,” says Michael Duck, project director of the Lehigh Valley Song Project. “And we are choosing to respond by breaking down barriers, celebrating the ways we all help each other, and plainly stating that everybody deserves and needs freedom from disease, freedom from violence, and freedom from hatred.”
Touchstone’s season is sponsored locally by season sponsor RCN. WDIY provides media sponsorship, and Working Dog Press provides print sponsorship. Touchstone Theatre receives funding from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts.
We were struck by this wonderful performance and the great dedication required to pull off such a huge undertaking, and we wanted to share this with our MusicFestNews friends. Projects such as this are taking place around the country and around the world, and you deserve to see them.