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Encore ROCKS performed its second concert of the season at The Convergence in Alexandria, VA on December 16, 2016. Jeffrey Dokken conducted.

“When we sing, I am one of many, and the individual me evaporates. I am one of 23 university choir members. Not a professor. Not an American. Not a 46-year-old in the midst of twentysomethings. Not a woman trying to outpace the aspects of self she has yet to make peace with. I am simply what we all are--another voice, a set of lungs, some vocal chords and someone who finds joy and comfort in singing. But when the music stops, so does the we. The union dissolves. The silence transforms first person plural into first person singular.”― Laura Kelly, Dispatches from the Republic of Otherness