Jean Rohe – voice
Daniel Kelly –piano
Matt Pavolka – bass
Rob Garcia – drums
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The 10th concert in Daniel Kelly’s Rakonto series of interview-based concerts performed throughout the US, Rakonto: Voices from the Shenandoah Valley features the voices of several high school students living in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and offers an engaging viewpoint of our national conversation about immigration and life in America in 2017 from the perspective of the next generation of young adults. The second half of the concert will feature selections from other Rakonto concerts from around the country featuring stories about marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, LGBT issues, the lives of farmers and Hurricane Sandy.
Daniel says about this Rakonto series:
Rakonto is the Esperanto word for “story.” I have the great opportunity of using my music to help tell peoples’ stories. My goal is to do this with compassion, empathy and heart. In meeting so many people, I also see that we are all striving for the same goals, no matter how different our lives may be. We want to have satisfying and meaningful lives, be treated with respect and be given an equal chance to succeed in this society. One of the over-arching goals of this Rakonto series is to celebrate the unique aspect of each person, yet also convey our similarities, hopefully fostering compassion between all of us as citizens of the world. My hope is that by hearing someone’s point of view and personal experiences, we all may be a little more understanding with one another.