When: Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 4 p.m. 2013
Choral Society of Durham with orchestra: Rodney Wynkoop, conductor. A tribute to oppressed people everywhere on planet earth. English composer Michael Tippett composed his powerful oratorio (1939-1941) as a message of hope in response to Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), a pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany triggered by the assassination of a Nazi official by a Jewish youth. Tippett’s libretto universalizes the plight of desperate, marginalized peoples, incorporating arrangements of five spirituals, meant to evoke the torments of anyone “rejected, cast out from the center of our society onto the fringes.” We complement Tippett’s masterpiece with African-American spirituals.
Price: Adult $20; Students Free