Pete Seeger came to PDS yesterday. He came for the lower school musical – an original production on a subject dear to his heart – the magnificent Hudson River for which he has done so much.
The show – A Hudson River Journey – was written and produced by lower school drama teacher Dorothy Penz with music directed by Bill Fiore and Damon Banks.
It was a fun show that came complete with all the fauna, folk and folklore of the Hudson Valley region that took a mystical and mythical quadrennial journey. And every student pre-kindergarten through fourth grade had a part.
It was wonderful that Mr. Seeger came to see the performance.
But this was far from his first visit to PDS.
As reported in the Poughkeepsie Journal of January 12th 1949, he came to play folk music for the fourth, fifth and sixth grades in a concert open to the public. And already Mr. Seeger was widely known for his work and his music.
That 1949 concert was a benefit for Peoples Songs Inc., an organization he had co-founded in 1945 with the belief that folk music could be an effective force for social change.
Pete Seeger’s life of music and activism have been just such a force of social change for seventy years. It was a pleasure to be able to thank him for all that he has done for the Husdon Valley and the cause of social justice everywhere.
We thank him for the inspiration he provides, the dedication he has given and for his enduring commitment to education and democracy.
And…of course, we thank him for his friendship to PDS. Since 1949 Pete Seeger has been at PDS many times.
He has inspired generations of students to play music, get involved and make a difference in the world.