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July 24

New Beginnings: Songs of Hope and Resilience


This concert event showcases documentary songwriting and explores stories of hope and resilience from around the country.

July 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are living in unprecedented times. During the past 18 months, we have all been asked to show up in ways that are uncomfortable and challenging. We’ve been separated from family and friends, and many of us have experienced loss. “New Beginnings: Songs of Hope and Resilience” shares documentary songs co-written with individuals who have worked through their hardships and learned to begin again. Let’s gather together and bear witness to these stories—strengthening our community and generating inspiration to keep moving forward.

This concert features five documentary songs performed by Suzie Assam, a Portland-based vocalist. These songs will be interspersed with selections performed by Halcyon, a local collection of talented classical artists. The documentary songs share stories from individuals across the country: one song, written this past winter, tells of standing in the middle of George Floyd Square and feeling a flood of unexpected emotions. Another song tells of one wildland firefighter’s reasons for showing up to a grueling job year after year.

This concert is available both in person and via livestream. With the purchase of a ticket, you will receive a livestream link two days before the concert in case you want to watch from the comfort of your own home. 🙂


Rockport Opera House

6 Central Street






Suzie Assam

Suzie Assam


Sophie Davis


Josie Davis


Colin Wheatley


Nora Willauer

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