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Video: Heart of the Holidays – A Global Celebration of Song

Video Production: Kristín Otharsson

The winter holidays are a time to share the joy, cheer, and celebration of being together. They also offer up a unique opportunity to look at the stories we tell about ourselves, others around us, and the ways we choose to live.

Last month, Neighborhood Arts presented Heart of the Holidays: A Global Celebration of Song, featuring Guy Mendilow Ensemble and Boston City Singers, with narration by Regie Gibson and special guest Courtney Swain.

Unlike other holiday programs, this event didn’t focus on traditional holiday music. Instead, audiences were invited to immerse themselves in the essence of the season through a trove of tales of sparking light just when it’s darkest all around, of realizing abundance at the height of scarcity, and of how we triumph in hard times ­– as individuals and as a society, long ago and now.

And, because the best stories are those in which we also see ourselves, Guy Mendilow challenged attendees to ask a time-worn question: How can we too be a greater light, now of all times, when it’s most needed? Deep down, this is, after all, the heart of the holidays.

Watch a short video highlighting moments from last month’s event.


Special thanks to our Neighborhood Arts funders, including the Barr Foundation, the Boston Cultural Council, the Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Amy & Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Tufts Health Plan, and other generous supporters.

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