Celebrate Women’s History Month with Resistance Revival Chorus and Panel Discussion Thursday 

This Women’s History Month, the Resistance Revival Chorus – a collective of 60 women and non-binary singers – is coming to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). On Thursday, March 10, these passionate artists and activists will come together on stage to uplift and bring womens’ voices to the forefront through song, in effort to raise awareness of the continuing need to advance social justice.

“This is a celebration of women and the thread that unites generation after generation in a desire to build better lives for their families,” said Executive Director of SOPAC Dee Billia. “When people perceive they are oppressed in some way, they will often turn to music to express their feelings and communicate that to others.”

The Chorus members include touring musicians, film and television actors, Broadway performers, solo recording artists, Gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists and more, representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds and activist causes. The Resistance Revival Chorus directly thwarts the history of women being marginalized in the music industry by putting females front and center, and calling for justice and equity for women across racial, ethnic, economic, sexual identity and religious lines. They aim to be intersectional in their feminism, and enlighten listeners that all social justice issues overlap heavily with women’s issues. In turn, this will help bring a powerful community of women together to change the world and celebrate each other through song.

“The message is passed through the beauty of the music and can be the cornerstone of activism – a message that unites and becomes action. Women have been at the forefront of activism for generations and we are proud to host the Resistance Revival Chorus as they show us the power and beauty inherent in the arts and how it can move the world to a better place,” Billia said.

Prior to the performance, ticket holders are invited to a free, thought-provoking panel discussion with community leaders about the role of music in activism. The discussion will be moderated by Taneshia Nash Laird, President and CEO of Newark Symphony Hall and will feature panelists: Eliana Kissner, Cantor at Oheb Shalom; Janeece Freeman Clark, Founder of Vanguard Theatre Company; Jessica James, President of SOMA Action; and Rebecca Moses, Cantor at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel.

The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29-$39 and can be purchased online at www.SOPACnow.org/Resistance-Revival-Chorus-2022/, by phone at (973) 313-2787 or in person at the SOPAC Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

We hope that [the audience] will be inspired by the joy the chorus exudes in their music and message,” Billia said. “As a society, our work is never done to bring more equity and justice to bear, so that all people may enjoy the fruits of peace and prosperity. Their music will bring that message straight to the heart.”

Click here to sign up for Baristanet's free daily emails and news alerts.