Palmerton graduate to perform in Women of the World concert
Special to the TIMES NEWS 2012 Palmerton Area High School graduate Lydia Anthony will be part of a live performance this evening with the Women of the World group. Anthony is a freshman at the Berklee College of Music as a voice principal, where she is majoring in Music Therapy.
From the small town of Palmerton to the bright lights of the big city.
On grand stage is where 2012 PAHS graduate Lydia Anthony will find herself this evening when she takes part in the Women of the World concert.
The spring concert will be held at 8:15 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA. The Link for the Live Show Feed is http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/women-of-the-world-present-koloro.
The concert will also showcase a World Peace Choir consisting of more than 50 women musicians from different countries.
Koloro is a multi-art production that pays tribute to the myriad colors in nature, culture, and life. The word "koloro" (meaning color) was specifically chosen from the language Esperanto, which was created in the late 1800s to foster international peace and understanding as a common language for all.
Women of the World was born from a dream to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common creative platform; women who not only work and perform together, but who learn from each other, exploring each other's culture, language, food and traditions by interacting closely on a daily basis.
Currently a 10-piece all-female ensemble, Women of the World performs a vast and varied repertoire of folk and traditional music in more than 17 of the world's languages.
Since its start in 2008, the ensemble has received accolades and collaborated with many industry bigwigs, including Grammy Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and African vocal icon Angelique Kidjo.
With performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Hall, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, TEDxBoston, and United Nations events, Women of the World continues to spread the message of peace and unity through music.
Anthony said her involvement with the group began in early-December. Since that time, she said she has found all those values and goals of the group to be true.
"We are all from around the globe, all attend Berklee College of Music, and are all interested in sharing our musical abilities with the world," Anthony said. "It is a wonderful group full of humble and talented women, and I am so thankful to be a part of this concert."
Anthony said she received an email from her college about some groups to apply for this semester, and Women of the World Peace Choir was one of them.
Though she does not receive any college credits for the group, Anthony said she is getting "life long friendships with women musicians from around the world."
"I am absolutely honored to be a part of this choir, this group, this family, of women who are from all parts of the world, but share a common interest, passion, and goal, and that is to make beautiful music, that brings out all sorts of emotions in the audience," she said. "I believe that this experience has enhanced my musical skills, as well as my social skills. I have learned about so many cultures, just from singing and talking with these women. It has been an experience of a lifetime."
A freshmen at Berklee College of Music as a voice principal, Anthony is majoring in Music Therapy.
Anthony said her initial college experience was difficult at first.
"It took time to get adjusted to being on my own in a huge city, compared to always having my family supporting me in our small town in Palmerton," she said. "With everyone being so talented, I was no longer one of the very few musicians in my school district."
For Anthony, it's an experience she wouldn't trade for anything.
"I've met some very influential musicians during my first semester at Berklee, such as Patrice Rushen, Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers, and many other distinguished artists," she said. "My peers and classmates are all just as talented, and even more talented than myself, which at first intimidated me, but then helped me realize that my peers pushed me to work even harder to be a better musician."