Freedom Concert

April 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
263 W 86th St
New York, NY 10024

The Dessoff Choirs’ Freedom Concert, modeled after “freedom concerts” presented by the late Coretta Scott King, offers a choral tapestry of music that reflects on events of the past while promoting hope for the future. Featured works include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ plea for peace, Dona nobis pacem (1936); Robert Sirota’s homage to the nine victims of the Mother Emanuel AME massacre, Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel; works by female composers; and a commissioned work written by David Hurd. The concert closes with the well-known civil rights freedom song Oh Freedom.

“Dona nobis pacem” from Mass in B minor Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Dona nobis pacem Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
“III. Adonai, Adonai Lo gavah libi” from Chichester Psalms Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel Robert Sirota (b.1949)
commissioned work David Hurd (b.1950)
Cry Peace Libby Larsen (b.1950)
Blessed Assurance Nancy Wertsch (b.1943)
We shall walk through the valley Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989)
Oh, Freedom arr. Malcolm J. Merriweather and Charles Duke