Every fall we invite you to join the Friends of VCS. Why? Very simply – the arts enrich our lives immeasurably. And you make it possible for us to enrich the community with more music.
Our playlists kick start start the party, calm us down in traffic, keep us going to deadline, and tell us who we are. No matter who we are – young, old, professional, amateur, listener, or performer – the music enriches our happiness, and says what we can’t when we don’t have the words.
We’re particularly cognizant of that last part.
We live busy, sometimes anxious lives in this neighborhood. Everyone pays some attention to the news. We here in the VCS community? We pay extra special attention to refugee crises, government shutdown talk, deployments, elections, and papal visits.
When we’re stuck in yet another Metro delay, or waiting on word of loved ones, the music in our ear buds are what keep us civilized. Sane, even. And when we’re overwhelmed by events, the music says everything we can’t, and gives our emotions somewhere to go.
We particularly saw that last part when we sang at nursing homes. We watched spirits rise, and smiles bloom in a room where there isn’t always that much joy. We touched a chord with residents who hadn’t heard a beloved piece of music in years and were moved to tears. Moving, but ultimately uplifting tears.
That happens more often that you’d think. At nursing homes, during rehearsals, in moments of pause when life catches up with us, and last week’s 9/11 commemoration at the Town of Vienna. We’ve been honored to be the Town’s choice of music for this event for several years. It is always moving. It is also a reminder that there needs to be room for the music, for choirs like VCS, in our lives and communities.
Will you help us sing more?
Your support helps us grow as a choir and serve a larger community. It helps us dream big and serve a wider, more diverse and international audience. It helps us form partnerships with great organizations like HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team) and school choirs that deserve more stage time. It help us offer you a sometimes unexpected, but always excellent program of great music. It helps us dare to take on a big project like Carmina Burana in May 2016.
We need to raise $10Kto make Carmina happen. We are already a third of the way there. Will you help us make $10K by the end of this month? It’s completely within our grasp. If everyone on our mailing list gave $25, we’d be done next week!
Friends get great benefits including season tickets and reserved seating at concerts. This year, all Friends will get special discounts at local participating vendors including Caffe Amouri and Donatos Vienna.
If you haven’t already made your donation, talk to a friend in the choir today, go to our website at http://viennachoralsociety.
To those of you who have already given and gotten us off to such a great start – please look out for goodies in your mail next week!