Join Us for a Night of Hopes and Dreams

Vocal Soul, the vocal music program at JHS, invites you to a night of Hopes & Dreams accompanied by Piano, Flutes, and Strings Thursday, October 13, 6:30pm at the Jacksonville Middle School Sandy Reed Auditorium.

Vocal Soul believes: “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” With voices united in song, the group’s mission is to help restore hope within our community and encourage family, friends, and neighbors to dream again.

Vocal Soul worked hard this first nine weeks to take purposeful poetry from poets such as Langston Hughes and Henry David Thoreau, dreamy melodies from singers such as teen vocal phenom Jackie Evancho and classic pop music sensation Leonard Cohen, and vivid imagery and the full range of emotion to reach to depths of their souls to help us believe in hope again. 

Something monumental and magical will take place Thursday evening as hearts of hope, spirited singing, and sensational strings conspire to awaken our senses to that of true unity, exalted aspirations, and rescue from despair. The group will be joined by accompanist Bennie Carol Dunavan, members of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra: Kate Lange-violin, Joslin Fields-violin, Issac Asher-violist, Wilson Vanderslice-cellist, and Peter Mouw-cellist, and the Community in Unity Chorus. The night will feature traditional choral music, spirituals, jazz, pop, music theater, folk rock, and more. Please help pack the auditorium full of dreamers and those desiring to dream again.

Featured selections:

A Living Dream (featuring quotes from Henry David Thoreau- “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” “Live the life you’ve imagined.”)

I Dream A World (featuring the poetry of Langston Hughes- “I dream a world where man no other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn. I dream a world where all will know sweet freedom's way, where greed no longer saps the soul nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or white, whatever race you be, will share the bounties of the earth and every man is free, where wretchedness will hang its head and joy, like a pearl, attends the needs of all mankind--Of such I dream, my world!”)

Highlights from the Musical Annie-Tomorrow, Maybe, and It’s A Hard Knock Life.

Acapella jazz arrangements of the Turtles “Happy Together,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Little Willie John’s “Fever.”

One Republic’s “I Lived.”