Arts and Community Organizations Join Forces to Present “#WithNormandy: A Concert for Peace & Unity” on September 28

Free Concert Highlights Spirituals and American Songs at Normandy High School, with Nationally Acclaimed Performers Denyce Graves and Christine Brewer, singing with the Normandy High School Choir

 Donations made at the event will support Friends of Normandy Scholarship Foundation

 St. Louis, MO, September 15, 2014 – A coalition of St. Louis organizations will present #WithNormandyA Concert for Peace & Unity at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, in response to the events in Ferguson and throughout the St. Louis community. It will be held in Viking Hall at Normandy High School, the school from which the late Michael Brown, Jr. graduated in June.  Free and open to the public, the 90-minute event will feature a wide range of musical styles, focusing on spirituals and American songs.   

This is one of many concerts for peace and unity being developed by St. Louis area artists who believe that the performing arts can play an important role in cultivating an environment of hope and support for the young people in north St. Louis County. The first of these, #HealFerguson, was developed by Ferguson resident and acclaimed soul singer Brian Owens and was offered on Sunday, September 7 in support of the Ferguson Youth Initiative. The #WithNormandy concert will promote and support Normandy High School’s Friends of Normandy Scholarship, which provides financial resources to graduating seniors pursuing higher education. Audiences will have the opportunity to contribute to the scholarship fund at the concert. A future Step Up dance concert is being developed by members of the dance community under the leadership of Sara Burke, Keith Williams, and Michael Uthoff.

 The artistic roster for #WithNormandy includes celebrities from the American music world with strong St. Louis ties as well as a range of St. Louis artists. The Normandy High School Choir, which performed last spring at Carnegie Hall, will be led by Arts and Education Council’s 2013 Arts Educator of the Year Duane Foster, alongside such artists as Christine BrewerDenyce GravesDerrell AconJulia BullockJennifer Sheehan, and Jermaine Smith. Further details about the lineup of artists will be announced soon.

 #WithNormandy, A Concert for Peace & Unitybegins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 28. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. and seating will be first-come, first-served. The 800-seat Viking Hall at Normandy High School is located at 6701 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Louis, MO 63121. Partner organizations for this concert include:

 

The Normandy Schools Collaborative

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Jazz St. Louis

The Sheldon Concert Hall

Urban League Young Professionals-St. Louis

Arts & Faith St. Louis

and St. Louis Public Radio.

 

For further information, visit www.opera-stl.org/explore-and-learn/other-events/-withnormandy-a-concert-for-peace-unity.

About the Friends of Normandy School District Foundation

The Friends of Normandy School District Foundation was formed in March of 2005 and is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose sole purpose is to solicit, manage and distribute funds for scholarships and to enrich the educational experiences of the children in the Normandy School District. 

The Friends of Normandy School District Foundation was modeled after the nationally acclaimed Carson Scholarship Foundation founded by the esteemed surgeon Dr. Ben Carson. The Foundation is based upon the philosophy that public education can be endowed through a broad-based system of community support, thus providing another avenue for enhancing and augmenting educational opportunities for students and teachers in the Normandy School District. 

The Scholarship mission of the Friends of Normandy School District Foundation is to provide funds for higher education to eligible graduates of Normandy High School who demonstrate academic success, meet standardized assessment criteria, and show evidence of character development. Students may begin earning points redeemable for scholarship funds as early as Grade 4 and continuing through Grade 12. Scholarship Points have cash value upon graduation that may be applied toward students’ college, university, or vocational education expenses, and are payable directly to the institution by the Friends of Normandy School District Foundation Board.

For more information about how to support the Scholarship Foundation, please contact Beverley Thompson at 314.493.0484 or click the following link: www.normandysd.org/friendsofnormandy