If you are unable to join us for the live concert on Sunday 20th November, you can still enjoy it online from 7pm on Saturday 26th as an Online Premiere. The link will be live afterwards On Demand as well.
Led by our renowned director Brian MacKay, The Unanswered Question: Music and Poetry of Searching and Peace will bring together the Irish Doctors Choir and Orchestra Northwest for what promises to be an unmissable one-off concert.
We week begin with a welcome by the Mayor and opening remarks by Children in Crossfire CEO Richard Moore.
Richard"s story will start us on a journey about the futility and destruction of war, starting Da Pacem Domine, a universal prayer for peace about the pain and suffering of all of humankind during restless times. Poetry readings by local actors will explore searching and the beauty of the unknown, with fear and hope at the same time.
Dona Nobis Pacem, Movements 2 and 3 (Beat, Beat Drums and Reconciliation), use poetry by Walt Whitman, in an upbeat, declamatory description of the overwhelming effects of war on people, their homes and countryside, followed by a compassionate musical message of ultimate reconciliation ending in a plea for peace.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth Ralph Vaughan-Williams, that giant of 20th century music, so it is fitting that we also perform his early piece, Toward the Unknown Region. The two previous pieces display Vaughan-Williams' versatility, musically portraying drama and tranquillity, both with deep pathos. However, Toward the Unknown Region is a soaring and inspiring celebration of the freedom of the soul, a truly fitting climax to this, our return to live performance.
Da Pacem Domine, Arvo Pärt
The Unanswered Question, Charles Ives
Beat! Beat! Drums! & Reconciliation, movements 2&3 from Dona Nobis Pacem, Ralph Vaughan-Williams
Toward the Unknown Region, Ralph Vaughan-Williams
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