To Arms, Songs of Strife & Reconciliation
Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 2 PM
First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Our next concert takes on themes of conflict and trauma with an eye toward peace and healing. From the dramatic French Renaissance song “La Guerre” to the lament-filled Shaker hymn “We will walk with mother and mourn,” from Benjamin Britten’s World War II manifesto “Advance Democracy” to contemporary Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume’s “Twa Tanbou,” each selection attempts to make sense of our chaotic world.
We’ll be performing at First Unitarian Church at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow the performance.
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Composers: Britten, Byrd, Gilbert, Guillaume, Janequin, Mechem, Parker, Pärt, Ressler, Scriven, and Shank.
Conflicts/Struggles Represented: Battle of Agincourt (1415), Battle of Marignano (1515), Kandyan Wars (1796–1818), English Reformation (1529–1688), Jim Crow era (1876–1965), World War II (1939–1945), Vietnam War (1956–1975), September 11 attacks (2001), and Madrid train bombings (2004).
Languages: Creole, drum language, English, French, and Middle French.
Major Poets: Paul Laurence Dunbar, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ryan Newstrom, Rumi, Randall Swingler, and Walt Whitman.
Chestnut Street Singers: Michael Blaakman, Josh Dearing, Nate Gibney, Rachel Haimovich, Amy Hochstetler, Michael Johnson, Elissa Kranzler, Kurt Marsden, Ken Olin, Rebekah Reddi, Patrick Ressler, Jordan Rock, Lizzy Schwartz, Dan Sprague, Melinda Steffy, and Caroline Winschel.