Concert honors the homeless

March 2, 2014 

Monday, music and poetry will do more than simply delight your senses or offer an artistic reprieve from the daily routine. It will also serve the homeless, by raising money and awareness.

Spirals of Light, a concert of music by Columbia composer Meira Warshauer, will be presented at Tree of Life Congregation. It is the most recent installment in the Light the Way concert series to support local homeless outreach programs.

The concert will feature the poem “Figment of My Imagination,” a poem by Jack Burkheimer, who wrote about his experiences living on the street and being largely ignored by passers-by.

Burkheimer currently lives in a tent, although he has also spent time in shelters, said Warshauer. He has a part-time job, but the pay isn’t enough to cover the expenses of rent and utilities. Through his poetry, Burkheimer has become a spokesman for the homeless community in Columbia. After he reads his poem, it will be presented as a musical piece by Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano; Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute; and Dusan Vukajlovic, cello; with Warshauer at the piano.

Also performing in the Spirals of Light concert are pianist Charles Fugo, guitarist Marina Alexander and her violinist son, Daniel Rabinovitz, and Cassie Premo-Steele, reading Ani Tuzman’s poem “Spirals of Light.”

The Light the Way concert series is an effort by musicians and artists in Columbia to target homelessness through their performances. Monday’s performance will benefit Columbia Family Shelter.


The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. at Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Rd. in Columbia, S.C. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, call the Katie and Irwin Kahn JCC at (803) 787-2023 or visit lightthewaysc.com. The concert is co-sponsored by Tree of Life, Beth Shalom Synagogue, and the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center.

Bridget Winston

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