The World Water Day Concert will be held on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus. There will be beautiful water-themed music by NOVA Community Chorus, including “Earth Is Our Mother,” and music by the jazz legend Dave Brubeck with words by Chief Seattle (1786-1866), sung by operatic tenor Jesus Daniel Fernandez.
There will also be a talk by environmental specialists from the Alice Ferguson Foundation, an organization that does extensive work to clean up the Potomac River. Last year the Alice Ferguson Foundation led the cleanup of 334,952 pounds of trash.
In preparation for the World Water Day Concert, faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to submit to the poetry contest. Students are invited to submit original poems on the subject of water with the following criteria and details:
- Poems must be limited to 30 lines.
- Submit poems to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The submission deadline is March 12.
- Winners will be selected by a faculty panel.
- Winners must be available to read their poems at the March 21 concert.
- First Prize – $100; Second Prize – $75; Third Prize – $50
Also mark your calendar for Saturday, April 8. The chorus invites students, faculty and staff to join in the 29th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Individuals will come together in order to pick up trash and marine debris along the shoreline of the Potomac River at Hard Bargain Farm (located on the Maryland side of the Potomac, across from Mt. Vernon). Information about registration will be available soon.
For more information, contact Dr. Mark Whitmire at email@example.com.