Berkshire Lyric will present "Concert With a Cause" on Monday, Aug.17.
This video documentary and fundraising effort continue Berkshire Lyric's long-running summer tradition by its chamber chorus Ubi Caritas of supporting Berkshire County food pantries. Since 2012, the ensemble of young Berkshire County singers has raised more than $12,000 in conjunction with area faith communities through their live summer concerts. Due to the pandemic, the chorus has been working at a distance this summer to present a filmed concert.
Audience members can tune in to the Berkshire Lyric website, berkshirelyric.org, or its Facebook page at 7 p.m. Aug. 17. There they can share in the event and donate to three different Berkshire County food pantries in Pittsfield, Great Barrington and North Adams. All of the donations received will be sent to the food pantries to help them in this extraordinary time of need in our community.
The 26-voice chorus will be led by Lyric's director Jack Brown in a concert of a cappella sacred music that will include the premiere of a new work by Anson Olds. It will also include interviews with several Berkshire Lyric Chorus singers who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic as doctors, chaplains, mental health workers and teachers.
Berkshire Lyric is one of the Berkshires longest-running music groups, having been formed in 1963. Lyric has four distinct choruses with over 150 singers ages 6 to 80, as well as a wide-ranging music education program. They present a dozen concerts a year in a variety of styles and venues, culminating in an oratorio with orchestra every spring at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall. This virtual event is part of Berkshire Lyric's commitment to both choral singing and community involvement. The organization encourages all to come together in celebration of music and giving back to those that need help in these difficult times.