Dear BMG community: Yes, we’re doing a thing, again. I hope you can watch this Sunday on YouTube, or streaming at the Blue Mass. Group Facebook page; and contribute what you can: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/note-oriousrbg
Thanks — Charley
PS – check out Peter Tucker’s nifty poster. Beautiful.
A musical tribute to RBG, to save the Senate
(and our democracy)
Please join us October 11th in honor of
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
to save our Senate!
The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called us to “fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” In that spirit, a bunch of us musicians decided to step up and use our artistic voices to pay tribute to RBG’s estimable legacy and her love of music. Her passion for justice has motivated us to raise funds for nine U.S. Senate candidates in swing states, who, if elected, will work to stop the authoritarian drive of Trump’s GOP.
We’re all losing sleep over current events; but instead of endless doom-scrolling through social media, we’re going to flex some power. Sunday night, October 11, at 7pm, my colleagues and I will be performing in a webcast-concert-fundraiser entitled “NOTE-ORIOUS: A musical tribute to RBG, to save the Senate (and our democracy).”
You don’t have to wait to contribute — in fact, earlier is better! The fundraising page is linked below, and you can customize your contributions toward the various candidates listed. The campaigns that we are supporting include: Sara Gideon (ME), Mike Espy (MS), Jon Ossoff (GA), Theresa Greenfield (IA), Raphael Warnock (GA), Barbara Bollier (KS), Steve Bullock (MT), MJ Hegar (TX), and Al Gross (AK).
This event also serves as a volunteer-raiser for Democratic campaign efforts around the country at every level. Here’s the volunteering link; find an event and get cracking!
The official press release for this event is attached. Please distribute widely!
However you are able to join us, we are grateful for and inspired by your support and determination as we honor RBG and fight to preserve democracy.
-Charley and Shannon Rose
Thank you for your support.
Official press release after the “There’s More”:
WHO: Approximately two dozen prominent Boston-area musicians
WHAT: NOTE-ORIOUS: A musical tribute to RBG, to save the Senate (and democracy)
WHEN: Sunday, October 11, 7pm
WHERE: Streaming online on YouTube and Facebook (event will link to livestream)
A group of Boston-area musicians will present a webcast concert on October 11 entitled “NOTE-ORIOUS: A musical tribute to RBG, to save the Senate (and our democracy).” The event, offered as a tribute to Justice Ginsburg, will feature a myriad of instrumental and vocal repertoire: A gorgeous work by Boston composer Elena Ruehr; a rousing outdoor choral performance of a Boston Revolutionary hymn; a satirical political update of Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics; and a musical treatment of RBG’s infamous pot roast recipe. Attendees can also expect cameo appearances from major Massachusetts political luminaries!
The concert is a fundraiser for the campaigns of Senate candidates throughout the country who are poised to flip seats that are currently held by Republicans. We will also recruit volunteers for phone-banking shifts with SwingLeft of Greater Boston, making calls to swing states for races at every level.
Charles Blandy and Shannon Rose McAuliffe are the producers and co-hosts. In addition to singing, Blandy has been co-founder and -editor of Blue Mass. Group, the state’s most prominent progressive blog. McAuliffe is a singer, scholar, and arts advocate who holds positions at MIT, Boston University, and Northeastern University, where she instructs students in a range of topics spanning music, cultural entrepreneurship, and arts policy and advocacy.
The roster of artists includes: Arneis Quartet (Heather Braun, Rose Drucker, Daniel Dona, Agnes Kim); Mistral Music (Julie Scolnik, Sophie Scolnik-Brower, Tom Kraines); Vanessa Holroyd, flute; Sarah Darling, viola; Mariana Green, violin; Shirley Hunt, ‘cello; Maxwell Butler, organ; Julia Scott Carey, piano; Barbara Hill, soprano; MaryRuth Lown, soprano; Erica Spyres, soprano; Thea Lobo, mezzo-soprano; Shannon Rose McAuliffe, mezzo-soprano; Caroline Nielson, mezzo-soprano; Charles Blandy, tenor; Adam Boyles, tenor; Davron Monroe, tenor; Daniel Gostin, baritone, and more!
Fundraising is taking place through an ActBlue page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/note-oriousrbg