Sing for Hope presented a free, live-streamed Memorial Weekend Recital featuring 2020 GRAMMY® winner John Brancy and acclaimed pianist Peter Dugan, host of NPR’s “From the Top.” The hour-long program on Saturday, May 23rd streamed live at facebook.com/sing4hope, featuring selections from Brancy and Dugan’s upcoming album “The Journey Home,” which commemorates in song the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The program tells the story of men and women finding their way back home, literally and figuratively, from the ravages of war, and features a compelling selection of music by Holst, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Irving Berlin, Pete Seeger, and more. The artists’ recent pre-album-launch tour included performances at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, US Naval Academy, West Point Academy, and The Smithsonian Institute.
“Sing for Hope’s work with veterans began with a partnership with James J. Peters VA Medical Center in 2013 and now extends to other great facilities across the US,” said Sing for Hope Co-Founder Camille Zamora. “Witnessing our veterans in creative collaboration in our programs with artists like John and Peter, we are reminded of the power of the arts to connect, inspire, strengthen, and heal.” Read Thrive Global’s spotlight on Sing for Hope’s partnership with James J. Peters VA.
John Brancy (“a vibrant, resonant presence” – New York Times) and Peter Dugan (“stunning solo pianist” – Los Angeles Times) are longtime Artist Partners at Sing for Hope who met as students at Juilliard. Over the past several years, the friends have collaborated on innovative music-making that honors veterans, and have volunteered their time and talent in Sing for Hope’s VA programs. “John and I are so excited to have found a way to perform a live collaborative recital, even though we are on opposite coasts!” said Dugan. “We are honored to partner with Sing for Hope this Memorial Day weekend, and we hope to shine a light on the important work that they are doing to bring music and healing to veterans.”
Monica Yunus, Sing for Hope Co-Founder, said, “Memorial Day allows us a moment to pause and remember the brave people who have given their lives in service to our country. Against the backdrop of the current moment, their sacrifice feels more poignant than ever. Sing for Hope is honored to partner with John and Peter to present this special Memorial Weekend Recital and to commemorate our veterans in song.”
Find the saved concert stream at facebook.com/sing4hope and donate to support Sing for Hope’s work with veterans at https://www.singforhope.org/what-you-can-do/donate/.
John Brancy honors veterans with a special performance at the 2019 Sing for Hope Gala.