Date: October 21, 2017
Location: 4807 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77056

St. Philip Presbyterian Church presents the Music at St. Philip Concert Series. The 2017 series continues Saturday, October 21 with the Tenth Annual Concert for Peace, with Mercury Chamber Ensemble.

In times of turmoil and crisis, musicians and poets work to foster unity and peace through the shared arts of music and the spoken word. The Concert for Peace had its genesis in discussions between the Mission Commission and the Peace and Social Justice Committee at St. Philip. The Concert for Peace combines poetry, music and meditative silence in a serene setting designed to inspire individuals to become active Peacemakers in their homes community and the world.

The Concert for Peace is free and open to the public.


Our tenth annual Concert for Peace features Houston’s Mercury Chamber Ensemble with conductor Antoine Plante performing music from Handel and Vivaldi, interspersed with original poetry presented by South African poet Henk Rossouw and Houston Youth Poet Laureate Fareena Arefeen.

Henk Rossouw is from Cape Town, South Africa. Henk’s book-length poem Xamissa won the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize and will come out from Fordham University Press in 2018. He was one of the winners of the 2009 Poetry Society of America / Bright Lights Big Verse contest, which included a reading on Times Square. Older poems are in The Massachusetts Review and Transom. Fiction can be found in Tin House, non-fiction in The Threepenny Review. He earned his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, in 2017, where he served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast. He has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate, Fareena Arefeen, is a student at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and a first-generation American. She was chosen amongst dozens of talented Houston teens to share her insightful voice and creative spirit with the City of Houston. Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate is an initiative led by WITS, the City of Houston, and the Houston Public Library. The position was designed to help young teens foster creative growth in our diverse and unique city.