Arm in Arm Concert to Unite Artists Against Gun Violence on Nov. 9

SPRINGFIELD — Encouraged by the success of the first Arm in Arm: Artists United Against Gun Violence concert last year, local artists are once again preparing for an evening of music, dance, and spoken word as they come together to work against gun violence by sharing their gifts. This is a free concert, and reservations are not required.

The event, slated for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield, will feature three components: a concert featuring music, original poetry, and dance; a collection in support of organizations working against gun violence; and a meditation/prayer walk on the front lawn that will feature luminaries and flags printed with the names of local victims of gun violence.

Local artists will include flutist Janet Dixon-Metcalf, harpist Beyla Ridkey, dancer Alyssa Guerin, poet Jane Schneeloch, violinist Erin Newcomb-Moore, Trinity’s Dance Movement Choir directed by Amelia Hays-Rivest, soloist Sonja Funk accompanied by Vera Baker, soloist Holly Joy Pearson, soloist Emily Wing, poet Glenn Benson-Lewis, percussionist Kevin Barker, and the Chamberettes, a young women’s choir accompanied by Becky Rosendahl Isaacson.