Double Impact Chamber Music Concert
September 11, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Double Impact chamber group is a double quintet ensemble – brass and
woodwind – made up of professional and semi-professional musicians from
Massachusetts’ North Shore and Greater Boston areas. Their goal is to promote
works originally written for this specific orchestration, as well as other lesser-
known chamber pieces, while donating their artistry to help fulfill an urgent need.
Double Impact previously performed in concert in 2017, featuring works by
Robert Washburn and Aaron Copland and raising funds for Direct Aid in the
aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This time, they have again
banded together to provide support for the mass of refugees fleeing Afghanistan
and Ukraine with two concerts on Sunday, September 11 at 3pm at the Firehouse
Center for the Arts in Newburyport and Sunday, September 25 at First Church
UCC in Ipswich.
All proceeds from ticket sales for the Firehouse Center concert will be donated to
the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP, https://refugeerights.org/).
IRAP organizes law students and pro-bono attorneys to develop and enforce a set
of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons, advancing legal
pathways to safety for the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowering
the next generation of human rights leaders. Utilizing the lessons learned in
individual casework, IRAP advocates for systemic changes that benefit broader
refugee populations, finding creative ways to partner with broad coalitions to
push for global refugee protections.
All proceeds from ticket sales for the First Church UCC Ipswich concert will be
donated to the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA,
https://miracoalition.org/). MIRA’s vision is a Commonwealth – and a nation –
where all can thrive, no matter where they came from or how they got here, and
all can fully participate in their communities’ social, economic and civic life.
MIRA’s work spans policy analysis, legislative and administrative advocacy,
organizing, training and education, and strategic communications in an effort to
protect and support the most vulnerable, especially those at risk of deportation,
and to expand opportunities for all foreign-born people and their children so they
can make the most of their talent and labor. They view successful integration as a
two-way process, helping immigrants and refugees to learn English, adapt to the
local culture, and build a new life in the U.S., while assisting receiving
communities in actively welcoming them and easing their transition. Thus, a core
part of their mission is to identify and remove barriers to integration, working
with local and state leaders as well as nonprofits and businesses to craft more
inclusive policies that benefit the entire community.