The second in a series of four winter concerts sponsored by the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) will be presented at 7 pm on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Door County Fire Co. in Sturgeon Bay.
The free, two-hour “Celebrate Community” All One-Peace Concert will feature well-known local musicians Dorothy Scott, Jeanne Kuhns with Small Forest, Jess Holland and Tarl Knight and Door County newcomer Cathy Grier. Their theme is to bring together through song a vision for a more peaceful world.
Kevin Grohskopf, DCMC chief business development officer, says, “We want to inspire peace and holistic health for mind, body and spirit in our community. This is a beautiful way to deliver the message that the potential for hope and love is real within our communities. It’s also a great way to highlight and partner with our local artists in order to build stronger communities through art.”
Donations will be used to support LEAP (Learning to Empower and Appreciate all People), a project begun in Door County in 2015 that encompasses a violence-free message and challenges prevailing attitudes toward acceptance and social injustice. LEAP encourages positive thinking, passion and personal growth through movement and the art of dance, spoken word, songs, visual arts and multimedia imagery. By advocating a message of acceptance and tolerance, it empowers young people with the knowledge, compassion and understanding necessary to create works that address the most pressing issues of today’s youth.
Scott says that music, done right, is healing and brings people to a peaceful place. Her occasional collaborator, Corky Siegel, calls her the Princess of Pre-emptive Peace. Scott’s healing touch doesn’t end with her performances. She’s raised more than $5,000 for public and independent radio stations, collaborating with other musicians from around the U.S. on an album to raise money for her Peace Within Project. She is also, with Terry Lundahl, a producer of LEAP.
Kuhns, with Small Forest (Marybeth Mattson and Pat Palmer), will highlight their desire to bring people together with a performance of “Lines,” a song Kuhns and Mattson wrote about the lines we draw between each other, the lines we draw to pull ourselves into a place where we think we’re different from someone else and the lines we’re afraid to step across.
“We need to get rid of the lines and reach out and hold each other’s hands in love and in peace and in working together,” Kuhns says.
Grier spent the last 20 years in New York, where she was known as the NYC Subway Girl for performing in the Music Under New York Program. She believes music is a healer and a powerful tool that crosses boundaries to help diffuse ignorance and hate.
Holland, another artist familiar to Door County audiences, and Knight, a relative newcomer, share their fellow performers’ passion for acceptance and peace in the world and express it through their music.
For seating reservations or more information about the Jan. 20 concert, call 920.493.5979. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.