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May 18, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Music Hall

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Julia WOLFE: All that breathes (May Festival Commission; World Premiere)

David LANG: the national anthems

Julia WOLFE: Pretty
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS: Dona nobis pacem


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What's Interesting

Anthems can represent freedom from suffering or victory in war, celebrate nations, sow peace or even pump up a crowd from the rock ‘n’ roll stage. What they all share in common is the power to unite and remind us of our shared humanity. This program of four unique anthem interpretations opens with the world premiere of Julia Wolfe’s choral work All that breathes, which embraces the massive sound of collective breath and exhalation, while David Lang‘s the national anthems reminds us that freedom is fragile, delicate and easy to lose. Julia Wolfe’s Pretty is a raw and raucous feminist anthem of work rhythms — thwarting notions of what pretty can mean. Closing out the program is Vaughan Williams’ beloved anthem for peace, Dona nobis pacem, written and premiered just a few years prior to the start of World War II. 

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Pre-Concert Activities

5 - 6:30 PM:  Panel conversation with Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Ellen Harrison in Taft Suite. Reservations are required! Reserve your spot here — tickets are just $15 for students and $35 for adults (includes entrance into the panel event, concert ticket and light bites). Already have your concert tickets? Add on this special event for just $10. Reserve here.

6:30 - 7 PM:  May Festival Youth Chorus recital in Springer Auditorium

This concert is sponsored by Chris and Beth Canarie.

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