TMU partners with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra for a “Healing & Understanding” lecture and concert series

Thomas More University announced a partnership with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (CCO) to present Healing and Understanding: We Are One, a five-day festival featuring talks and concerts taking place October 22-26 at venues throughout the greater Cincinnati area as well as several virtual options. The festival is funded by a grant from ArtsWave.

The festival lineup includes a strong Thomas More University presence with the Thomas More Choirs, Daniel Parsley, DMA, Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Creative Media, Jillian Harrison-Jones, DMA, Adjunct Professor of Music, and Artist local Michael Thompson who graduated from the University in 2021, all taking part in events. As visual artist-in-residence, Thompson will create a work of art over the five days of the festival which will be revealed during the final event. Parsley, who is also the CCO’s assistant conductor, directs the festival.

“At the most basic level, Healing & Understanding seeks to provide a platform for conversations to highlight both the strengths and shortcomings of our community,” Parsley said. “The festival is the product of almost two years of visioning, planning, partnering and seeking understanding. Thomas More University and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra have found a common passion in creating a platform for equity in our community. We are grateful to our collaborators, venues, sponsors and artists for making this festival possible.

The festival will use music and artistic expression as a method to explore race and justice in America and invites open conversation and exploration of these issues through community partnerships. Highlights include free admission to the National Underground Railroad Center on Sunday, October 23 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with pop-up performances by several local performing arts groups as well as a highlight concert at Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday October 23. 26 at 7:30 p.m. with more than 150 musicians performing together.

All events are free, although reservations are required to ensure venue attendance limits are not exceeded. Other artistic collaborators include the Cincinnati Youth Choir, Cincinnati Boychoir, MUSE, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, Voices of Hartford, Classical Roots, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, ArtsWave, and more.

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Angela C. Hale