A crowd of friends and neighbors has gathered on one of the longest nights of the year. All is warm and cozy inside, while the cold winter wind blows just outside the door. The clatter of wine glasses and mugs filled to the brim with hot cider gives way to silence. And from that radiant silence emerges a song.
For the past nine years, Robinson & Rohe has been performing a Lightbox Christmas Concert and Singalong. Annually hosted in their Brooklyn home (always teeming with friends and neighbors), this event is full of good food and drink and beautiful music, and has been a high point of every year. This winter solstice, they return to Dupuy’s Landing, bringing their midwinter music resplendent with a gorgeous set piece, a triptych of paper cut light boxes designed by illustrator Andrew Benincasa.
Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe bring their folk-music roots and contemporary sensibilities to songs new and old. Robinson & Rohe go deep into the Christmas repertoire: the mystical, the melancholic, the soulful, the sublime. Expect songs you may not know: haunting melodies of old Europe, joyful singalongs of the Southern US, and modern takes on the strange and ancient Christmas tale. Please join us for this special evening. Suitable for all ages.
Monday 21 December, Robinson & Rohe
Doors at 6:30 PM, concert begins at 7:00 PM sharp.
PS: Why a Christmas show, you might ask? I direct your attention to our “Manifesto”:
The Christmas story is a cultural inheritance that belongs to whoever claims it. If it is the Church, then the Church will tell the story. If it is the Corporate Advertisers, the Corporate Advertisers will sell the story. But if it is the Artists, the Bards, the Rabblerousers, then it is they who will create the story anew.
Robinson & Rohe got its start singing the ancient Christmas carols we love. We sing these carols every year to wrest this influential story from the grasp of the despots and the department stores. We assert that Christmas is a celebration of love, a welcoming of the light. It is about the beauty of one child only as much as it is about the beauty of all beings. Christmas is a rejection of the greed that caused an innkeeper to turn a pregnant woman out into the night, the hatred that caused a jealous king to order mass infanticide. Christmas is an embrace of the green, wild world we share. It is an opportunity to sing together, to break bread together. The inheritance of stories and songs is ours to reshape and pass on, just as those before us did. This is the story we tell.