A Child of Our Time
A Protest against Persecution and Tyranny – A Message of Peace
The 65 singers of the Gonzaga University Concert Choir and 40 professional instrumentalists of Incendo Music Ensemble present a dramatic performance of Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. Composed in 1939-1941, this secular oratorio is inspired by events in Germany: the arrest of a young Jewish refugee for assassination of a German diplomat and ensuing Kristallnacht. Tippett’s composition uses five African American spirituals interspersed throughout the work to convey hope in the face of oppression. A pacifist message of reconciliation and understanding underscores the drama, engaging with issues of our time and leaving listeners with a sense of hope and purpose.
Performed in English with supertitles and projected imagery.
Stephen Paulus, Hymn to the Eternal Flame (5 minutes)
Michael Tippett, A Child of Our Time (65 minutes)
Amy Porter, soprano
Taylor Hillary Boykins, mezzo soprano
Tommy Bocchi, tenor
Charles Wesley Evans, baritone
Gonzaga University Concert Choir
Incendo Music Ensemble
Timothy Westerhaus, conductor