Olney Friends School invites the public to spend “An Evening with Carrie Newcomer” on Thursday.
Described as a “soaring songstress” by Billboard magazine, Newcomer has traveled the world sharing progressive music that is based on the ordinary and infused with images from the natural world. The singer-songwriter performs everywhere from concert halls to clubs, colleges, churches and synagogues and conducts workshops on creative writing, faith and the arts.
At Olney Friends School, 61830 Sandy Ridge Road in Barnesville, Newcomer will perform a free, public concert Thursday, March 13, and conduct workshops for students on Friday morning. Doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday with the concert set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Collection Room of the school’s Main Hall. The school will host a brief reception featuring light refreshments after the show.
In addition to performing and teaching, Newcomer frequently volunteers for social and environmental justice causes. As a cultural ambassador for the American Embassy in India, for example, Newcomer released her 2011 “Everything is Everywhere” album to benefit the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. More recently, she worked with organizations dedicated to the arts and non-violent conflict resolution in the Middle East.
Such missions are in keeping with the values and goals of Olney Friends School, which was founded in 1837 by the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers. Today Olney welcomes students of all faiths and ethnicities from across the country and around the world, and it still relies on the guiding Quaker “testimonies” of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship to shape its curriculum and daily life at the school.
Shortly after her appearance at Olney, Newcomer is set to release her 12th studio recording, “A Permeable Life” from Available Light Records. A companion book, “A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays,” also will be released April 1.
“A Permeable Life is about what presses out from the heart, what comes in at a slant and what shimmers below the surface of things,” Newcomer said. “To live permeably is to be openhearted and audacious, to risk showing up as our truest self, and embracing a willingness to be astonished.”
Residents of the Ohio Valley are welcome to attend the free concert Thursday. In addition to an evening of music and refreshments, attendees will get an inside look at Olney and all it has to offer.
For more information about Carrie Newcomer, visit www.carrienewcomer.com. To learn more about Olney Friends School or to schedule a visit to campus at another time, call 740-425-3655, ext. 214; email musa@olneyfriends.org; or visit www.olneyfriends.org.