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School of Music to present ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’

October 11, 2011
Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Students and faculty in the NIU School of Music are joining forces with the Kaneland High School Concert Choir to present Ralph Vaughan Williams’ amazing “Dona Nobis Pacem” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Vaughan Williams composed the 35-minute work in 1936 after he had served in WWI and in the forming clouds of WWII.

He took the powerful war poetry of Walt Whitman and combined it with the liturgical text praying for peace. The work combines devastating imagery of the horrors of war with Vaughan Williams’ undying hope that humanity can rise above hostility and find peace.

Performing forces include the NIU Philharmonic, the NIU Concert Choir, the guest Kaneland High School Concert Choir with alumni director Bryan Kunstman, and faculty soloists Orna Arania and Robert Sims.

Additionally, the NIU Chamber Choir will perform Israeli choral music featuring the evolution of composition in a country that grew up out of and through war.

Eric Johnson, director of choral activities, will conduct.

The concert will be held in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public, and the auditorium is accessible to all.

For more information, contact Lynn Slater at [email protected] or (815) 753-1546.