The girls of SCG are seasoned performers at this point in our 2016-17 season. They have sung in concert halls and museums from the Theatre of Living Arts in South Philly to the African American Museum in Philadelphia in Center City. Soon, they’ll even be singing at Clementon Park in NJ! This past weekend they added “outdoor flash mob” to the mix. The event was planned in conjunction with organizers from the Women’s March Philadelphia.
The Women’s March made history on January 21, 2017 as the largest single-day demonstration in the United States, with around around 3 million people marching in cities across the country, including Philadelphia. The march was held as a protest to advocate for women’s rights in the face of an increasingly divided nation. A viral video came out of the Washington, D.C. march – a group of women who had never met before performed Milck’s song “Quiet” in their own flash mob performance.
Riding on the success of her song in the viral video, Milck put out a call to action – she invited choirs around the country to gather on April 8 at 2PM to sing “Quiet” together. On her website, she wrote “The #ICANTKEEPQUIET project is dedicated to celebrating our unique voices and identities, in an effort to break the cycles of oppression and fear, perpetuated by today’s media. We are determined to sing…for all who aspire towards peace and love! Will you join us?”
For the event, girls from Sister Cities Girlchoir joined members of other area choirs at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and then at Dilworth Park.
Executive Director Alysia Lee said of the day’s events, “This performance is everything Sister Cities Girlchoir is all about—combining social change and music. Participating in the Philly event was magnified by the thousands of women gathering all across the globe!”
SCG girls are not just performers, they are active members of their communities, and voices for change. This was a great exercise in using music for a greater purpose, and the girls truly excelled.