The Fall leaves are almost gone from the trees here in Kansas City and I feel all of nature saying "go inside for a while." I've grown to enjoy the turning of the seasons and follow this natural rhythm.
I had my last big event of the year last Friday, singing my interfaith opera recital, "Anne Frank & Mirabai: Women's Spiritual Legacy in Opera." Check out my update below and watch a clip from our dress rehearsal! If you know of other places that would be interested in bringing this show to their community, please share.
Looking ahead to 2020, one of the things I'm excited about is attending the Creating Change Conference, being a representative for Unity World Headquarters there... showing that there are open and affirming spiritual centers for the LGBT community.
With Thanksgiving coming up in just a couple weeks, I want to express my deep gratitude for you and your support of my journey. Thank you!
Becoming Anne Frank & Mirabai
A year ago exactly, I performed this recital at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. I was chosen out of 1,600 applicants to be a presenter. I chose to pair these two pieces not only because of the incredible music, but also for personal reasons.
I believe these are stories that remain relevant and needs to be heard now more than ever. My goal is to humanize… these are real people with real stories from very challenging times and from different religious paths.
Finally, this is personal to me because my family is primarily Jewish, and I was raised in a religious tradition that had its roots in Hinduism, called Self-Realization Fellowship. The devotion expressed through Mirabai’s poetry is thus an integral part of who I am. This recital helps me honor my religious past and spiritual journey— which is ongoing.
On November 8, 2019, at Lenexa City Center Live, I performed “Anne Frank and Mirabai: Women’s Spiritual Legacy in Opera,” a musical and spiritual journey featuring two women who changed the world: 15-year-old Anne Frank, a Jewish girl during the Holocaust, and Mirabai, a Hindu in 16th-century India who refused to throw herself on her husband’s funeral pyre and left her family to write ecstatic poetry to Krishna.
"Don't Go" excerpt from The Mirabai Songs by John Harbison