The music of nature from around the globe including Randall Thompson’s Peaceable Kingdom
November 13-15, 2020
True Concord Choir, Soloists & Chamber Players
Arresting and Glorious
Music of the Universe — Harmony, Balance and Continuity of Life
“Earth music” communicates the earth of its origin and the dissonance, harmony and energy of the natural world. Complex yet pure – imbalance and balance in sound.
Fifty years ago this year, Senator Gaylord Nelson started Earth Day. In its first year, 20 million people participated in rallies, and Nelson called for a broad, inclusive vision of ecology and new environmentalism that supports the well-being of all people and creatures, regardless of location or ability to pay for a quality environment.
The central piece on the program is Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom, based on texts from the Old Testament and inspired by artist Edward Hicks’ renowned paintings.
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
Text from inspiration for Hicks’s “Peaceable Kingdom” paintings
Like the painting, The Peaceable Kingdom is filled with text painting/picturesque imagery and a message of his ultimate hope – that of redemption for humanity from its darkest nature.
American born composer Randall Thompson is perhaps best known for his Alleluia, commissioned for the opening of the famed Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. He taught at Harvard, where he once studied with Bloch among others. His most famous student was Leonard Bernstein.
Enjoy performances with music from all seven continents of the globe that celebrate both the wild and glorious beauty of nature and the need to care for Mother Earth – our home.