A Night Of Hope & Reconciliation

Friends, this is what I have been working on all year: preparing for a community concert bringing together the many expressions of the creative arts for A Night of Hope & Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts, at Christ Community Church, Charlottesville on October 1st, 7pm.

My vision and desire has been to facilitate a wide spectrum of artists coming together in the creative process, furthering each individual in their craft and calling, each giving of themselves for something greater than themselves. This collaboration has grown into a full length evening performance, featuring music from my newly released album, You Are My Joy, as well as many other original works in collaboration with a variety of artists from the community.

The evening will include:
Original works of choreography by local artist and dancer, Lauren Stonestreet, with dancers from The Farm House Cville
Spoken word pieces by Bernard Hankins and La’Tasha Strother
Soloists Nate Emmanuel, Willie Randolph, Selena Cozart O’Shaughnessy, Yemaya de Lorenzo Eberly
and Flutist Cari Shipp Kramer
all anchored in live music ranging from strings, hand bells, children and adult choirs, full band, and vocalists.

An art exhibition will open the evening at 6pm featuring original and commissioned works by Cristina Rutokwski, Chicho Lorenzo, Jennifer Knight and Richard Montoya and others.

Join us for A Night of Hope & Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts, October 1st at Christ Community Church in Charlottesville, VA. Doors and Art Exhibition with refreshments at 6pm, Concert at 7pm

Tickets available here: reconcilecville.eventbrite.com

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My 2016 Studio Space: The Farmhouse, Cville

Julie composing at The Farmhouse, Cville
I have been privileged to join a community of artists, entrepreneurs, & community leaders this year at The Farmhouse, Cville, where preparations for my fall concert have been joyously in full swing! At the close of 2015 and the start of this year, I knew God was calling me into a ‘NOW’ season of a vision he had planted in me years ago: planning a community concert bringing in various expressions of the arts as a means towards healing, hope, reconciliation, and restoration in our city and community. My banner scripture for moving forward this year was written on the walls of The Farmhouse on my first visit there from Jeremiah 29:7 which says, “Seek the welfare of the city to which I have carried you into exile for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” This desire to ‘tend to the growth of the city’ is a foundational theme of The Farmhouse and is at the heart of everything they do. I am glad to be a part of this community of community-minded artists!

I have spent my time there (this year-and-a-half) writing and arranging music for this concert (October 1st), the songs meant to serve as catalysts to facilitate collaboration across the disciplines and genres of the arts as well as facilitating new relationships and new ways of working together. My hope in collaborating for this event is that we as artists would discover a new freedom in working together for something bigger than ourselves, that fear would be shattered and that we would leave feeling even more encouraged and emboldened to carry out the calling on our lives as artists. This ideal of encouraging artists in their callings is at the core of the vision of this studio. Thank you, Farmhouse, for providing the space for this vision to grow and flourish!

I’m privileged to be working with several Farmhouse artists as well as artists from our community and region for this event. Lauren Stonestreet (curator of the FH) is choreographing for several pieces as well as debuting one of her own. Interested in checking out the Farmhouse for your studio space? Find more info here: http://thefarmhousecville.com