Movments from Peter-Anthony’s Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae will be included in this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a 12 hour Contemporary Art Festival that takes place on September 29th and 30th, 2012 in Toronto. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale has been selected to perform at The Chorale’s presentation I Dream A World 2012, part of a larger exhibit entitled Museum for the End of the World which will be mounted in various locations around Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall.
From the Nuit Blanche website:
“The Nathaniel Dett Chorale welcomes you to Museum for the End of the World and its presentation of I Dream A World, a performance comprised of three unique programs, each performed twice. The segments will showcase The Chorale’s signature blend of Afrocentric choral music, spirituals, Latin and vocal jazz. The programs themes are the romantic, cautionary, prophetic and visionary voices of thinkers such as Langston Hughes, Joan Wolf Prefontaine, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Omar Khayyam, Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell and James Weldon Johnson. The invitation is extended to evolutionary spirits everywhere to take heart, to consider what is ending and what is being born, and together to dream a new world.
30-minute live performances:
My Lord, What a Morning
Performance Times: 8:00 pm and 12:30 am
A set of Spirituals ranging from Who Built the Ark through warnings of impending doom such as God’s Gonna Set This World On Fire and My Lord, What a Morning to the serenity of Wake Me Up, Lord, When It’s Over and Abide With Me.
Performance Times: 9:30 pm and 2:00 am
This set is an intimate and passionate exploration of oblivion and silence, at once philosophical and hopeful. Seven Songs of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam invites us to fill the cup that clears today of past regrets and future fears, while Silentio (Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae #3), featuring guest bass clarinettist Jeff Riley reminds us that it is good that one should hope and wait in silence for God’s deliverance.
I Dream A World
Performance Times: 11:00 pm and 3:30 am
Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King Jr., Joan Wolf Prefontaine, Gaïa Willis-Owen and Greg Jasperse are all prophets of the possible who, in tone poems like Truth Pressed to Earth, Poem for 2084 and Light, call us to take heart and to envision a new world in which we awaken to peace, love, life, hope, to deep knowing and to light.”
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