Umass Dartmouth And Wheaton Choruses Sing "Songs Of War, Songs Of Peace" April 27

"Songs of War, Songs of Peace" will be presented by the combined choirs of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Wheaton College, under the direction of Tim Harbold. The timely program will be presented twice on Sunday, April 27.

UMASS DARTMOUTH AND WHEATON CHORUSES SING "SONGS OF WAR, SONGS OF PEACE" APRIL 27 

"Songs of War, Songs of Peace" will be presented by the combined choirs of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Wheaton College, under the direction of Tim Harbold. The timely program will be presented twice on Sunday, April 27. The first concert will be presented in Cole Chapel on the Wheaton College campus, E. Main Street, Norton, starting at 3:00 pm. The second concert will be presented at Grace Episcopal Church, 422 County St. in New Bedford, (at the corner of County and School Streets), starting at 8:00 pm. A $5 donation will be gratefully accepted. 

For further information on "Songs of War, Songs of Peace," please contact Wheaton College at 508-2863440, or UMass Dartmouth at 508-999-8568. 

Drawing on music from a variety of nations, time periods, and cultures,the songs range from madrigals celebrating courage on the battlefield (Jannequin's "La Guerre," which includes vocal depictions of the Battle of Marignano in 1515), to folk laments of lost soldiers (Ireland's "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye"), to prayers for peace (Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms,"accompanied by organ, harp, and percussion). Lieutenant Colonel Jane Perkin's "All Honor Due" pays tribute to America's veterans. The Indian raga "Raghupati," urging peace between Muslim and Hindu, was reportedly a favorite of Mahatma Gandhi. The program also includes songs with broader themes of fate and transcendence, along with music of Juan del Encina, Heinrich Schutz, Charles Villiers Stanford, Johannes Brahms, Randall Thompson, and UMass Dartmouth faculty member James Bohn. 

UMass Dartmouth faculty member and Rhode Island Philharmonic member Hyunjung Choi will play the harp. UMass Dartmouth faculty member Rieko Tanaka will accompany on piano. Organ accompaniment will be provided by Wheaton faculty member William MacPherson. 

Conductor Tim Harbold explains the intent of the program: "World opinion is certainly divided on this war in Iraq, and these divergent views are also apparent among our students, faculties and surrounding communities. In the context of the daily loss of human lives, and midst ongoing public debate at home, this program is not intended as a political statement regarding the war. Rather, it is an artistic exploratior of some remarkable repertoire providing a glimpse of how choral composers throughout history have presented themes of war and peace, life and death, fate and transcendence. Across the centuries and continents, these composers speak to the historical context of war, but perhaps more importantly, to the emotional context." 


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