Today The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honors Hamilton! Here's Ben Folds and I and the amazing National Symphony Orchestra playing "Dear Theodosia" earlier this month. Is my happiness noticeable, I wonder? 😉 Congratulations to Lin-Manuel Miranda and everyone in that magic work of art!
Here is a new little "Birdsong" for you- written for ”Panorama”, the 6th episode of a wonderful new show by Matthew Weiner called The Romanoffs. This episode felt like a love letter to the deep rich culture of Mexico & to people just trying to find and accept themselves as they are. https://reginaspektor.lnk.to/Birdsong
Hello friends. Today my heart breaks for all the dead and injured in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting... How someone walks into a house of worship with a gun and shoots innocent people is beyond comprehension. And this keeps happening. Different religions, different locations, but same horror and pain. My heart also hurts for our whole country, and the world- the entire human community is affected by acts of hate crime. People keep spewing hate speech, covert and overt, and thus growing the divide, seeding tragedies like these. Such dark gardeners they are- tending so attentively to the seeds of hate that already exist, and watering them with ever new fears and lies about "the strangers". The result is that everyone gets their own personal bogie man, and entire countries get torn apart. Neighbors hate neighbors. Families don't speak to each other. This shooting happened in a Jewish community on Shabbat- and during a baby naming ceremony. The man ran in and yelled "Jews must die". He was angry about HIAS- a Jewish organization that helps refugees resettle. HIAS helped my family and Jack's family come here. They have been helping people for over 130 years. They started because of the pogroms and mass murders of Jews, but they have since helped many communities at war, and in danger. It was one of my most special full circle moments when I got to play a benefit show for HIAS. If you want to help their important work- please donate to them! They are a very good organization and full of caring people. Here is the link: https://www.hias.org/ If you can't donate at this time then you can do a lot just by staying positive, refusing to hate someone even if you don't fully understand them, and trying to build bridges rather than divides. We are in this together. We are all one. And we strive towards love and peace despite the obstacles... Wishing you all good things, your heart broken friend, regina
Very, very soon I get to sing with the incredible National Symphony Orchestra because my amazing and talented and generous friend Ben Folds is a badass and created a special orchestral situation and invited me, and it will be really fun! Run on sentences be damned. If you are near D.C. or love road trips, then whatever tickets are left would be found here: http://www.kennedy-center.org/Seating/SYOS/67062 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, you beautiful music hall, you! *Just a major wow sigh of happiness from this girl over here, who loves classical music with all her heart. sending everyone an autumn hug 🍂 regi
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Hi friends! I'm gonna play with Ben Folds and #CalebTeicher and the National Symphony Orchestra at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 2nd. Yup. Totally chill and laid back. New orchestral arrangements for a bunch of songs. I'm not even that excited. Don't get tickets or follow the link below when it goes on sale tomorrow. It's not going to be super unique or special in any way. I'm not gonna freak out at all. Totally chill. Uh-huh. Laterz. * Ben Folds I love you, you beautiful human. Thanks for inviting me to your awesome DECLASSIFIED series. Tickets on sale 10am EST, Friday September 7th. 💪👊🎶✨😊