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The Importance of the Arts in Times of Tragedy

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Dec 15, 2012

This week the New York City Children's Chorus performed a quiet and powerful rendition of Silent Night as the cold opening on Saturday Night Live. The performance was in memory of the children lost in Newtown, CT.

Mary Wannamaker Huff, artistic director of the New York City Children's Chorus, told the New York Times, "One thing that can help you love and heal and talk and grieve is music. Especially the pure sounds of children." The solemn, heartbreaking, and beautiful performance serves as a reminder of the importance of the arts in times of pain and struggle.

Watch SNL Performance

Read More in the New York Times

For more on the role of the arts in this time of tragedy, read Clayton Lord's Arts Journal blog post "Heal the World" and Berry Hessenius' post "The Further Erosion of American Innocence."


Pictured Above: Still from the New York City Children's Chorus performance on Saturday Night Live.

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