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Music at Butler: Butler University Choirs

February 24, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Showcasing the University Choir, Chamber Singers and Chorale, the concert will feature a variety of works for chorus, including a selection of African-American Spirituals presented by the University Choir, and Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s homage to the American Civil Rights Movement, Blackbird, sung by the Chamber Singers. 

 

A special feature of the evening’s concert will be the powerful and moving 1965 work CREDO, by American composer Margaret Bonds. This 25-minute composition was passed over for publication until just 2021 owing to the perceived “radical” nature of its text, an argument for equality among the races written by one of America’s foremost civil rights activists of the 20th century, W.E.B. DuBois. 

 

Margaret Bonds had already been hailed as a bold new voice with her compositions for piano, symphony orchestra and chorus (her Christmas Cantata “The Ballad of the Brown King,” with text by close friend and artistic confidant Langston Hughes, was receiving wide acclaim across the nation). Yet her 1965 setting of DuBois’s text (“I believe in God who made of one blood all races that dwell on earth….Especially do I believe in the Negro Race; in the beauty of its genius, the sweetness of its soul”) was deemed too challenging for its day. Containing allusions to Judeo-Christian scripture, DuBois asserted a racial equality found in the very bedrock of society’s religious teaching (“I believe in the training of children, black even as white; the leading of little souls into the green pastures and beside the still waters.”) 

 

Our performance will also feature the simultaneous original video projections of cross-disciplinary artist Camilla Tassi. Born in Florence, Italy, Tassi has designed video productions for such venues as Carnegie Hall, Baltimore Center Stage, and the Princeton Festival (NJ). 

 

The Chorale will be joined Butler alumna Kimberly Kenny, accompanist Liam Brown, and will be conducted by Butler University Director of Choral Activities Eric Stark. 

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This performance is free and open to the public, no ticket is required.

 

Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn by all patrons while in the venue. 

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