by Hannah Garcia, Reporter
In response to Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, the Kingwood Chorale from Lone Star College-Kingwood performed an evening concert on November 19, at Atascocita United Methodist Church that people were able to attend for free. Although the admission was at no cost, donations were still accepted for Harvey victims. In this concert, Kingwood Chorale performed songs and shared their stories to provide hope and healing for our community.
Although members in the Chorale were affected by Harvey, they believed that the best form of healing is uniting with others to perform uplifting music for free and gathering donations to help those in need of recovering.
Kingwood Chorale performed songs dedicated to helping people realize that there is always a “calm after the storm”. The time that we look forward in hope after tragedy. The music selection encouraged healing from Harvey’s devastating aftermath.
In between performances, they played videos that showed the damage in homes and our campus, including interviews of people and musicians from the choir who had tragic stories to tell in their experience with the hurricane.
The event brought together a variety of people: musicians, LSC-Kingwood staff, people who want to help others get back on their feet, even someone who is a longtime fan of Kingwood Chorale.
“We’ve been sponsors and fans of Kingwood Chorale for years and we always attend their concerts, so of course we were going to be here for their first concert of the year.” said Susan Lunson, an audience member who attended the show. “We were very impressed with the fact that the Chorale was doing this benefit concert so we wanted to be a part of it.”
“I think music speaks to the soul as well as the heart.” said Susan Lunson, when speaking about what it is about music that brings people together. “I think God gives us a very special something in our lives that allows us to respond to music the way we do. I think it’s a gift to be able to hear the music, feel it, and to have it in our lives.”
“Music is universal.” said Rush when speaking about what be believes is the reason that music brings people together. “It just reaches into you and different pieces affect people differently but it gets into your soul and can help you overcome adrenaline as it focuses on recharging you.”
Thoughts were also shared on how people felt about the unity and how everyone dealt with Harvey.
“We’re lucky to have what we have.” said Johnson. “We’re blessed with a lot of friends and the support from the community has been wonderful, including gracious invitations from people at church and friends to come stay with them as well as everything else. It’s been an outpouring of love from the community, friends, and the church.”