From the Orange Sud Performing Arts Center
Founded in the wake of the 2017 Women’s March, the Resistance Revival Choir is a passionate group of artists and activists whose mission lies at the intersection of social justice and song. Coming together to elevate and center women’s voices to raise awareness of the continued need to advance social justice, they are driven by the idea that “joy is an act of resistance”, as the poet so aptly put it. You Derricotte.
At March 10, just two days after International Women’s Day, this collective of 60 female, non-binary singers are sharing songs of protest and joy at SOPAC. Before the show, ticket holders are invited to a free and thought-provoking panel discussion with community leaders on the role of music in activism.
The round table begins at 6:30 p.m. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $29 and $39 and can be purchased online at www.SOPACnow.org/Resistance-Revival-Chorus-2022/by phone at (973) 313-2787 or in person at the SOPAC box office which is open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Artist and activist Harry Belafonte once said, “When the movement is strong, the music is strong” and the Resistance Revival Chorus strives to answer that call. The choir calls for justice and equity for women regardless of race, ethnicity, economic identity, gender identity and religion. They aim to be intersectional in their feminism and reveal that all social justice issues strongly intersect with women’s issues; harnessing the collective power of women to help change the world; and celebrate with song.
The members of the choir are touring musicians, film and television actors, Broadway artists, solo artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists, etc., representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds and militant causes. The Resistance Revival Chorus centers women in music and addresses how women have historically been marginalized in the music industry.
Round table: the voices of Womxn resonate for social justice
Leading up to this inspiring concert, SOPAC will offer a free and thought-provoking panel discussion with community leaders on the role of music in activism that will provide context for the evening’s performance.
Taneshia Nash LairdCEO of Newark Symphony Hall
Taneshia Nash Laird is President and CEO of Newark Symphony Hall, the 1925 performing arts center in Newark, NJ. As an agent of social change, Taneshia centers cultural equity in her work. In her career in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, she has served as city and state economic development officer, regional director for the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, executive director of the Princeton Arts Council and Co-Founder. of the MIST Harlem venue in New York. Founder of Legacy Business Advisors, Taneshia has also served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and is a board member of the National Independent Venue Foundation. In 2019, she was elected to a three-year term as Chair of the Board of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Additionally, Taneshia is a member of the executive committee of the NAACP NJ State Conference, chairing the economic development committee, and is an adjunct professor in the entertainment and arts management program at Drexel University.
Eliana Kissner, cantor at Oheb Shalom
Eliana Kissner received cantorial ordination in May 2021 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Throughout his artistic and professional life, Cantor Kissner has pursued various projects centered on the arts, Judaism, youth empowerment and interfaith relations. She was an arts fellow at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in New York, lead singer of the Safra Jewish Middle Eastern Ensemble in Berkeley, California, and co-founder of the Muslim-Jewish Arts Fellowship. She has also spent time as a playwriting mentor for incarcerated youth through Each One Reach One in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a 2015-16 Dorot Scholar, she studied and performed at the Middle East Classical Music Center in Jerusalem and co-wrote an EP called “Painted Wood”. She has worked as a ritual leader and educator at Lab/Shul, New Shul, B’nai Jeshurun, and Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco, CA. She was a summer chaplain intern at New York Presbyterian in 2019 and a student clergy intern at Fort Tryon Jewish Center in Washington Heights from 2019 to 2020. She is married to Noah Ginsburg who works in solar energy, and they have two children. As a cantor, she hopes to foster experiences that foster healing, the pursuit of justice, and the ongoing rediscovery and renewal of Jewish tradition. Check out his website hazzanista.com for more information.
Janeece Freeman Clark, Founder of Vanguard Theater Company
Janeece Freeman Clark is a director, producer and skilled voice technician. She is the founding artistic director of Vanguard Theater Company, a regional theater based in Montclair, New Jersey, where she has spent the past seven years reimagining musicals through color-conscious lenses, as well as developing original musicals told from the perspective of underrepresented voices. Through her work, Janeece explores how theater can inspire participants, both theater makers and audiences, to think critically and increase empathy and understanding of others, thereby becoming more responsible members of our democracy. Vanguard receives funding from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s TeeRico and has received numerous grants to theater makers committed to “changing the narrative.” Janeece received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with a focus on vocal performance and musical theatre, and her master’s degree in vocal pedagogy from Westminster Choir College (Rider University). Janeece is an Adjunct Professor of Theater at Seton Hall University where she teaches acting and frequently directs major stage productions – most recently: Oklahoma, twenty-six pebblesand The revolutionaries. Janeece is a Special Advisor to the Seton Hall Arts Council and sits on several boards in the Tri-State area, including the NJ Theater Alliance Board of Directors where she serves on the Equity and Access Committee .
Jessica James, President of SOMA Action
Jessica James is a corporate social responsibility and nonprofit fundraising consultant and mindfulness-based meditation teacher. Jessica lives in Maplewood with her husband Chris and two sons, Baxter (7) and Pearce (3), and recently became president of SOMA Action. She began her life in activism doing peer-to-peer HIV/AIDS prevention in high school in her hometown of Birmingham, AL. Jessica also sits on the board of Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network and currently leads Development for Common Defence, the nation’s only grassroots progressive veterans movement. Check out her website jessicajamesconsulting.com for more information.
Rebecca Moses, cantor at Temple Sharey Tefillo-Israel
Rebecca Moses joined TSTI in July 2012. She was ordained Cantor in 2009 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York, where she received her Masters in Sacred Music in 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Cantor Moses currently serves on the board of the American Conference of Cantors. Prior to joining the TSTI community, Cantor Moses served three years as a cantor-educator at Temple Anshe Sholom in Hamilton, Ontario. Prior to ordination, Cantor Moses had a career in professional and community theater. She loved playing favorite roles on beloved shows like Annie, Jekyll and Hyde, Into the Woods, Hank the Cowdog, Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins, the Phantom of the Alamo, and many more with companies across the globe. country, but especially with her. his mother’s theater company, the Beth-El Players! She resides with her husband, Aaron, daughter, Alexandra, and son, Levi, in West Orange.