‘War, Peace and Protest’ theme of Mendelssohn Choir concert
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, January 20, 2018
The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut begins the new year with “War, Peace and Protest” at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts on Sunday, Jan. 28.
The concert’s sub-theme is: “Music Has the Ability to Breathe Harmony into the Soul.”
Under the direction of Dr. Carole Ann Maxwell, founder, the choir will perform two movements — “L’Homme Armé” and “Hymn Before Action” — from Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,” as well as Jenkins’ “Anthem: Peace, Triumphant Peace” from “The Peacemakers.”
Other works on the program include “Pie Jesu” from Fauré’s Requiem and “Introit-Kyrie” from Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. Music from popular and Broadway genres will include arrangements of “Make Them Hear You” from “Ragtime,” selections from “Les Misérables,” and Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.”
Baritone soloist will be Edward Pleasant, “recognized as one of the most versatile performers of his generation,” according to the choir’s news release. “Critically acclaimed in both opera, musical theater and recordings, he continues to distinguished himself as a gifted actor with brilliant comic timing and a luscious baritone voice.”
Pleasant “champions the proliferation of the artistic contributions of early 20th century African-American writers, singers and composers, through live performances and recordings, propelling their works into the 21st century for the education and enjoyment of today’s global audience,” according to the MCC.
Quick Center for the Arts, 200 Barlow Road entrance to the Fairfield University campus. Sunday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. $30, $25 for senior citizens, $10 for students. Available at the door, or at 1-877-ARTS-396.