Dear TQS Families,
“I believe in God who made of one blood all races that dwell on earth. I believe that all men, black and white, are brothers, varying through Time and Opportunity, in form and gift and feature, but differing in no essential particular, and alike in soul and in the possibility of infinite development.” – “Credo” by W.E.B. DuBois, 1904
As Natalia, Eli, and I listened to the powerful voices of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus and Orchestra ring these reverent words over a rapt audience this past weekend, I felt privileged to experience their emotional power and beauty firsthand – especially at this moment in time.
It was a beautiful performance that featured two remarkable choral pieces: “Carmina Burana” and “Credo”. “Carmina Burana” is a colorful, dynamic choral piece full of energy and excitement, with powerful singing and pounding drums that create an uplifting, joyful atmosphere. It is the perfect piece for a February show, as it begins with a reminder of the fickleness of fortune and the potential of spring.
Meanwhile, “Credo" is a more reflective and spiritual work, with an intimate feel and a deeper emotional impact. “Credo” was originally written by W.E.B DuBois, and the musical and choral arrangement was created by Margaret Bonds many years later. The music is melodic and ethereal, with a beautiful choral sound that touches the heart and stirs the soul.
The powerful message of “Credo”, which celebrates the lives and struggles of black people and calls for equality, justice, and patience, is especially poignant and moving in the context of Black History Month and TQS’s celebration of Black Lives Matter at School’s Week of Action.
As the choir sang, “I believe in the training of children, black even as white; the leading out of little souls into the green pastures and beside the still waters, not for pelf or peace, but for Life lit by some large vision of beauty and goodness and truth,” I thought of TQS’ core values of peace, equity, and stewardship and how this school believes in all children and their inherent goodness and truth as human beings.
These are the values we put into action as we continue to provide students with the vocabulary and tools to understand diversity and inclusion, challenge racism and oppression, and make a positive difference. It is an ongoing education, for all of us, and it is at the forefront of our minds not only in February but all year long.
As I reflect on the remarkable performances I experienced at Opera Philadelphia, I also reflect on our remarkable community – and how our students see each and every day that our differences are what make us #shinetogether.
Enjoy this month of love and celebration, and as always …