Winter Solstice Concert: Song Order

Winter Solstice 2022 Program: Resilience


Humming with the Universe


The Directions: Mara Sapon-Shevin (Director, Hebrew), Medhat Al-Rubei (Arabic), Kath Fathers (Welsh), Colleen Kattau (Spanish), Cindy Squillace (English), 


Onondaga Nation Greeting: Robert Shenandoah, Eel Clan


Condolence and the Haudenosaunee: Freida Jacques, Turtle Clan Mother, Onondaga Nation


Winter Nights: Written & arr Lin Marsh; solo Nina Pelligra; directed by Kath Fathers


Rain and Snow Anthem: Colleen Kattau; arr Lynn Koch; directed by Colleen Kattau & Kath Fathers


Keep On Saying Yes: Lea Morris; directed by Karen Mihalyi

“Don’t give up, don’t turn around. Keep on saying yes. Keep yourself on sacred

ground…Your heart cries out there’s work to do…Love’s got something just for

you…Keep on saying yes…Showing up and doing my best…Keep on saying yes!

Keep on saying yes…Showing up and doing my best…Keep on saying yes!

I’m gonna keep on saying…Keep on saying yes!”


I Am the Earth: Glyn Lehlmann; directed by Kelly Meehan; guest singers from the Citizenship and Science Academy of Syracuse


Wild Geese: Mary Oliver; read by Z


Flower in the Gun: Michael Franti & Spearhead; arr Camille Borland; directed by Kath Fathers; solos: Jy’keise Thomas, Pauline Mann, Angelica Anderson, Cliff Ryan, Willie Kern; track remix by Jasmine Coan and Luther Masanto, with DJ BellaJ on the decks; poem, “The Search For Humanity” by Clifford Ryan




Resilience: Abbie Betinis; directed by Karen Mihalyi

“Resilience, we are strong, shoulder to shoulder keep moving on

Resilience, make a new plan, rise up again and say yes we can”


Todo Cambia: Julio Numhauser; translated and directed by Colleen Kattau; ensemble: Dulce Ramirez, Colleen Kattau, Mara Sapon-Shevin, Diane Swords, Lisa Saka, Don Hughes, Brian Escobar, Carolyn and Michael Messina-Yauchzy, Alison Frost, Kaaren Remley


The Lost Words Blessing: Karine Polwart & friends; ensemble: Kath Fathers, Rosey Oaks-Lee, Alison Mullan-Stout, Lydia Dewing


Hold On: Rev Cleophus Robinson, Jr; solo and directed by Marcia Hagan


2022 People’s Peace Award to ACTS (Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse)


Rise Up: Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo; arr and directed by Nina Pelligra


When to Stop Talking About It: Shungudzo; arr and directed by Nina Pelligra; spoken word solo by Z


Stand Up (From Harriet): Cynthia Orivo and Joshua Brian Campbell; (lyrics modified from “stand up” to “rise up”); arr and directed by Nina Pelligra


“RESILIENCE: We Are Strong” Quilt Prize


We Shall Be Known: MaMuse; arr Kyle Lemle & The Thrive Choir; directed by Kath Fathers

“It is time now, it is time now that we thrive.

It is time we weave ourselves into the well.

It is time now, and what a time to be alive,

In this great turning we shall learn to lead in love.” (2X)

You Can Make it if You Try: Silvester Stewart (Sly and the Family Stone); solo and directed by Marcia Hagan


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