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RSVP Ensemble Lends Its Voice To Help Others


Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace (RSVP) performs twice a year for humanitarian causes with all of the proceeds from their concerts going to charitable organizations. This weekend, they will use their musical talents to support the Saint John’s Program for Real Change in Sacramento.

RSVP artistic director Jennifer Reason is looking forward to the collaboration saying, “This is probably the most moving charity, for me, that we’ve supported, in that it takes women and children off the streets and prepares them for life.”

Every concert gets Reason’s personal touch, though she says picking the music can be a challenge. She explains that the hardest part of her job “is to tailor our music to the theme of the charity so that people are inspired to support (the charity). So (for this concert), I tried for songs by women, written about women, for women.”

The versatile RSVP specializes in several different genres of music including classical, jazz, and pop. As for the name, Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace, "(It's) about reconciliation in humanity,” says Reason. “We have such disparate cultural experiences and race and economic discrepancies, and to reconcile all of the differences through song is the point. And then above all to promote peace.”

RSVP performs two concerts this weekend, Friday, May 12 at Journey Church in Folsom at 7:30 p.m. and the same time Saturday, May 13 at St. Mark's in Citrus Heights. The ensemble brings their performance to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Downtown Sacramento next Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 at 7:30 p.m.

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