Voices raised for peace

The Shrewsbury Chorale, with the Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, joins singers worldwide in the Song of Peace project when it presents Haydn’s “Lord NelsonMass (Mass in Time of War)” at the Freehold Presbyterian Church, Freehold Borough, on March 8.

The Shrewsbury Chorale is the first New Jersey choral group to register as a participant in this international project which seeks to use music to plead for peace.

The project seeks to create an international appeal for peace by singing the centuries old prayer for peace, “Dona Nobis Pacem” (Grant Us Peace), or any musical call for peace in any language.

This project seeks to bring thousands – or even millions – of voices together to proclaim that peace in the world is of fundamental importance, during the month which marks the fifth anniversary of the United States entering Iraq: March 2008.

The campaign is not focused solely on Iraq. It is dedicated to people all over the world who are affected by violence. The hope is that with the uplifting of many voices in songs of peace, the spirit of human harmony might pervade and surround the violent, war-filled world.

For more information, about the Shrewsbury Chorale concert, visit www.shrewsburychorale.org or call (732) 776-5276.