To Arms

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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Chestnut Street Singers presents To Arms

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.

2013-2014 Season

Mark your calendars for our 2013-2014 season!

Chestnut Street Singers presents In His CareIn His Care
An Ars Sacra Concert
Saturday, October 26 at 8 PM
Old St. Joseph’s Church
321 Willings Alley, Philadelphia

Chestnut Street Singers presents For KeepsFor Keeps
Songs of Comfort & Grace
Sunday, November 17 at 2 PM
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Chestnut Street Singers presents To ArmsTo Arms
Songs of Strife & Reconciliation
Sunday, March 16 at 2 PM
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Chestnut Street Singers presents As OneAs One
Songs of Pride & Belonging
Sunday, June 1 at 5 PM
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia