By Daniel Jackson
“No matter who you are you have a story…” This was the theme of #whispered&shouted, the X.Ado Winter Whingding concert the evening of Saturday, February 11, in Spaulding Auditorium. A Christian a cappella ensemble X.Ado performed songs that speak to the power of optimism and compassion—important reminders for everyone, regardless of one’s faith. Their program highlighted incredible soloists from each class year, garnering many enthusiastic cheers from the audience!
Sharing the program with X.Ado was the ever-energetic Street Soul dance group whose moves and precision seem to push the limits of what the human body can do. The group’s openness to dancers of all experiences and backgrounds reaffirmed the concert’s message about using the arts to express diversity. (Below, a clip from a June 2016 Street Soul performance.)
Also featured in the program were the social justice-driven Rockapellas. Their incredible talent coupled with their powerful tributes to gay rights and the ongoing suffering of women in many communities were critical testaments to the daunting social battles society must continue to fight.
Perhaps the most moving moment for me, though, were the poems written and performed by Michael Sun ’19. In them he expressed his deep concern for the future of American empathy and his worries about the world that his younger sister will move into. At a time when so many of us feel alienated and unheard, my thanks go out to all the performers for advocating voice, performance, and compassion.