Grant Us Peace – Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:00 PM

PROGRAM


  • RANDALL THOMPSON The Last Words of David
  • FRANCESCO DURANTE Magnificat
  • HENRYK GORECKI Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, Op. 36, Mvt. 2
  • OLA GJEILO Sacred Heart (Ubi Caritas III)
  • RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem is an impassioned plea for peace, tolerance and understanding on a global scale. Written in 1936, Vaughan Williams was motivated by the growing unrest in Europe at the time that seemed primed to explode into war. He compiled his English text from the writings of poet, Walt Whitman, and the Bible. The humanitarian warmth and splendour of his vision are an inspiration for all time.

Setting the stage for this magnificent work will be Randall Thompson’s dramatic work, “The Last Words of David” and Durante’s uplifting 18th century Magnificat, which strongly proclaim the values and goals necessary for a world of peace. The Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, mvt. 2, by Henryk Górecki takes the prayer of a young girl and turns it into a stunningly expressive testament to love and faith in a time of trial. Ola Gjeilo’s shimmering “Sacred Heart (Ubi Caritas III)” (his setting of the second verse of the chant “Ubi Caritas”) puts everything into context and leads us clear-eyed into the Dona Nobis Pacem—Grant us peace.

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