Once written, songs take on a life of their own. Whenever possible, participants perform their completed songs for their communities. Presentations also are held at conferences, congregations, and schools with professional songwriters accompanying participants.
Songwriting Works' Touring Ensemble gives benefit concerts, musical lecture-demonstrations and workshops in conjunction with performing arts centers, libraries, schools and healthcare facilities. Participants' songs, and when possible participants themselves, are featured.
Film screenings and post-concert discussions can be included.
Radio, television, and internet broadcasts carry the music further.
Venues that have hosted SW concert, workshop and film programs:
To find out more about booking a concert or film presentation, or to receive notice of events in your area, contact us.
"A 'Specially Wonderful Affair"
“If we stop (singing) now the terrorists have won.”
– Birdie Gintzler, age 97 on 9/11/2001
During the week of September 11, 2001, elders residing at the Jewish Home San Francisco started recording their debut CD “Island on a Hill.” Filmmaker Nathan Friedkin captured the process in his internationally acclaimed documentary “A ‘Specially Wonderful Affair,” in which the elders, average age 87, perform their songs. They are accompanied by Judith-Kate Friedman (guitar/vocals,), Daniel Hoffman (violin), Beth Custer (clarinet), Randy Craig (piano), and other guest musicians. To hear and see more about the CD and film, visit the Song/Gallery.
Chapter 1 from Nathan Friedkin's documentary "A 'Speciially Wonderful Affair" www.fdigital.net
“Let the Fire Fall” from “The Road Ahead: the Opening Session fo the 2004 American Society on Aging/National Council on the Aging Joint Conference, San Francisco, CA