There’s no better way to bring different communities together than through song. Ovation Sarah Chudnow demonstrated this at its annual Interfaith Choral Concert in Posner Town Square, when 120 singers from different religions and nine different organizations shared a stage for an evening of music and merriment.
At the concert, each group sang three songs separately and together sang the grand finale, “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” For the first time at the Interfaith Choral Concert, a combined choir of Christians and Jews, North Shore Congregational Church and Congregation Emanu-El B’Ne Jeshurun, performed a set of songs together.
The annual concert started nine years ago when Larry Ladin, Rehab Admissions Coordinator for Ovation Sarah Chudnow and organizer for the event, wanted to find a way for residents to perform for others and get the larger community involved.
“It’s been a great way to expose our residents and the other groups to the community, and it’s fun to see the camaraderie with the different religions,” said Ladin.
This year’s participating groups included Grace Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Catholic church, Crossroads Presbyterian Church, combined choirs North Shore Congregational Church and Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale, Congregation Shalom, Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid and Sarah Chudnow Glee Club. The concert is open to the public and always draws a large crowd of family and friends.
“It’s not a competition, just a really spiritual, enjoyable evening,” Ladin added. “While Grace Lutheran Church brought along their bell choir, some bring electric guitars and other instruments. Each group does different things in their own way.”