On the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, music and messages of peace will fill the cathedral-like Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms as All Souls Interfaith Gathering hosts “A Choral Celebration of the Earth: World Peace and Healing.”
The Choral Celebration of the Earth, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, will be a service of music, inspiring remarks and readings that offer a message of peace and healing for the world. Among the speakers are Susan Cooke Kittredge of Shelburne and Rabbi Jan Salzman
Massed choirs from the area will sing the inspirational Celtic Mass for Peace, new music from the emerging EarthPeace Oratorio, and the new Peace Anthem, all by composer Sam Guarnaccia. The musicians will include members of the All Souls Interfaith Choir, South County Chorus, and the Essex Children’s Choir.
Samuel Guarnaccia, a Vermont native, studied classical guitar in Spain and has performed throughout parts of Europe and North America. A guitarist, composer and scholar, he has deep ties to the history, traditions, and spirituality of ancient and contemporary indigenous peoples.
Guarnaccia composed the music for “A Celtic Mass for Peace: Songs for the Earth” (lyrics by Philip Newell) and is currently writing the music for a major new work, the EarthPeace Oratorio in collaboration with Wendell Berry, Bill McKibben, Thomas Berry, John Philip Newell, Joanna Macy, Rainer Maria Rilke, and other voices of the new ‘spiritual ecology’ of planetary consciousness for Peace, for the ‘survival of creation’ and healing of the Earth community.
Susan Cooke Kittredge of Shelburne is an ordained United Church of Christ minister who, since leaving full time pastoral ministry, serves Vermont churches when the need arises for short-term coverage. She is also a Vermont Public Radio commentator who has shared her thoughts on life’s pivotal moments.
Rabbi Jan Salzman received her Rabbinic Ordination in January 2010.
Before moving to Burlington, she lived for over 30 years in North Pomfret with her husband, with whom she has two grown sons.
The Choral Celebration is free and open to the public. Freewill donations accepted.