Dance Currents Inc. and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston present GATHERING LIGHT

Dance Currents Inc. and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston are presenting a concert of dance and music titled, "Gathering Light". The program is as follows: "Santons", a dance choreographed by Kathy Hassinger, Artistic Director of Dance Currents Inc., to John Rutter's "Suite Antique" played live by Pro Arte (Rebecca Plummer, piano, Steve Laven, cello and Sue-Ellen Hershman Tcherepnin, flute). The dance is about the little saints or santons, clay figurines made in Provence. These depict French villagers rushing to the light of the nativity. They were made during the French Revolution when the churches were closed. Using the red clay of their own land, the people of Provence found a way to reinvent their religious icons.

The second piece on the program is a musical performance with cellist, Steve Laven and pianist, Rebecca Plummer, of Jean Sibelius' "Malinconia", a hauntingly beautiful piece of music.

The third piece, "Dayspring," is a dance done to music of the same name. The composer, Dr. Delvyn Case is a professor of music at Wheaton College. Performers Todd Brunel, clarinet, and Rebecca Plummer, piano, will play the music live. According to Dr. Case, "Dayspring" is a musical depiction of the challenge of holding onto hope despite living in a broken world. This ten minute piece is a musical expansion of that infinitesimal moment just before the sun appears above the horizon - that split second when the beauty of what we see reminds us of the possibility that hope and peace may be within our grasp." The dancers performing are Lauren Previte, Avery Saulnier de Reyes, Meredith Wells, Jennifer Passios, Kirsten Glaser, and Mitzi Eppley, all professional dancers and teachers in the Boston Area.

Gathering Light, March 9th at 7pm at Integrarte, 85 Seaverns Ave., Boston 02130 (please enter at 87 Seaverns Ave.) and March 11th at 3pm, The Scandinavian Cultural Center, 206 Waltham Street, Newton, 02465. Tickets: Between $10-$30 depending on the venue. Tickets may be purchased at the door and at www.brownpapertickets.com (look under Gathering Light) for March 9th, and www.proarte.org (look under Salon Series) for March 11th. For information or reservations call 617-965-1569 or email kathyhassinger@gmail.com.

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