10/31/2008 05:00PM ● Published by Super Admin
Artistic Director Julie Adams wants to use music to inspire people in the Sacramento area to help support charities of all kinds. In 2000, Adams envisioned a musical group that would help feed people emotionally, spiritually, and if at all possible, physically. “I wanted to bring people together for the good of our community,” says Adams. “It is important to showcase what we all have in common…not our differences.”
For nearly a decade, she and the non-profit Reconciliation Singers Voices for Peace (RSVP) have been doing just that. RSVP has successfully brought together music, people in need and those that can help. “We use our singing voices,” Adams says, “to help those who do not have a voice in our society.” Homeless, hungry, illiterate and many more have benefited from RSVP’s passion for helping others.
RSVP is made up of 16 extremely dedicated professional musicians. They come together every Monday night to rehearse from Labor Day to Memorial Day. “We are a diva-free zone,” says Adams, “we all like each other and work together for a common purpose.” Along with the weekly rehearsals, each member has the intense homework of memorizing each song.
Although not all members are lucky enough to have music as their career, they are all university-trained singers. A mailman, physicist, company president, high tech professionals and others, work very hard to bring the music alive. “There is such goodwill within the group and in what we do,” Adams explains, “it rubs off on to the audience.”
First, RSVP identifies a charity in need, (past recipients include Adopt an Elder, Mustard Seed School, and Rebuilding Together) then Adams creates a musical program that will complement the charity or its cause.
During the free concert, a representative from the charity makes a presentation on their mission or cause and concert-goers can donate if they wish. The charity receives 100 percent of the proceeds of the concert.
Since RSVP operates on a “shoestring budget,” they rely on many benefactors to bring their message to the community. They do not advertise and depend on word-of-mouth to help expand their ever increasing mailing list.
RSVP aims to provide an uplifting musical experience now, while building a strong base of ongoing and future philanthropy. “We are real people doing extraordinary things,” says Adams. “We want to continue to help our community by building bridges between people.” The next RSVP concert is scheduled for January 2009, and will benefit WEAVE.
For more information on future concerts and RSVP, visit rsvpchoir.org or call 916-624-9419.