Harvard staff member sings as a guest of 11th Annual Revels RiverSing

September 26, 2014 at 11:00 am
Photos courtesy of Arthur Ferguson, and Revels, Inc. and a volunteer photographer.

Christina Thompson Lively spends Monday through Friday working with physicians from around the world as program manager for the Harvard Medical School Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD) program. But on weekends, she continues to pursue a passion for music that began in high school and led to performances at folk festivals such as Boston Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the Hudson Clearwater Revival. She sings with her twin sister Meredith as "Chris & Meredith Thompson." One recent weekend she and her sister joined Revels for the 11th annual Revels RiverSing.

Revel's RiverSing is a family-friendly gathering that celebrates the Autumnal Equinox and occurs right along the Charles River. This year, singers also remembered Pete Seeger, a folk musician, peace activist and champion of the Hudson River cleanup through his organization Clearwater. Pete passed away on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94. Chris & Meredith had a chance to meet and sing with Pete Seeger when they joined the Clearwater crew for a pumpkin sail on the Hudson.

After Pete passed away, Chris took part in one of the many concerts held to celebrate Pete’s life at the local Nameless Coffeehouse in the Unitarian Church in Harvard Square along with local musicians such as Vance Gilbert, Terry Kitchen, Sol Y Canto and others.  The tributes were “a testament to the impact Pete Seeger had on the community – people grew up singing his songs and the songs that he covered,” she said. "Pete always wanted the audience to sing along. Revels' RiverSing offers everyone an opportunity to sing. Some songs will be familiar and others new. It's always a wonderful event, and this year was no exception."

Revels is a non-profit performing arts organization best known for its annual holiday production, The Christmas Revels, which is performed each year at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.

Chris & Meredith also perform acoustic music at local places such as Passim, and will perform at a new coffeehouse in the Lutheran Church in Harvard Square on Saturday, October 4 at 8:00pm.

More details on Chris & Meredith Thompson can be found on their website: www.cmthompson.com.

More details on RiverSing can be found at Revels’ website: www.revels.org.