EXILE LAMENTATIONS

Saturday, March 5, 2022
7:30pm
First Plymouth Congregational Church

Sunday, March 6, 2022
3:00pm
Wellshire Presbyterian Church

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS: We will be following Tri-County Health guidelines. Seating may be at limited capacity/distanced, and masks may be required for concert attendance. Check back frequently for updates.


Throughout history, peoples have been exiled from their native homelands. Some because of religious or political persecution, others due to government overthrow or hostile takeover for economic gain.

Australian composer Paul Stanhope juxtaposes ancient Hebrew texts from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, depicting the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, with modern-day Palestinian and Syrian poetry in his “Exile Lamentations.”

Dutch/South African composer Péter Louis van Dijk composed the moving lament “Horizons” for the King’s Singers; it is based on a 16th-century Bushman painting of a European ship inhabited by people they saw as “gods” but who would soon be the cause of the Bushmen’s near-extinction.

Humberto Ak’abal (1952 – 2019) was one of Guatemala’s most important and revered poets. Ak’abal wrote of the natural beauty of his native Guatemala, the traditions of his K’iche’ culture, and the genocide against the indigenous Mayan population that devastated thousands from 1960-1996. Kantorei, along with the Guatemalan choir Vocalis, has commissioned Grammy-nominated composer Jake Runestad to create a new work for string quartet, choir, and marimba (the national instrument of Guatemala) using a collection of Ak’abal’s poetry. Runestad noted: “I have completely fallen in love with Humberto Ak’abal as a human and artist. His clear and compelling voice has captivated millions across Latin America and beyond, and continually brings me to tears as I uncover the music his poetry inspires.”

Special guest Jake Runestad will be joining us for these concerts.

Featuring Music By:

Paul Stanhope
Péter Louis van Dijk
Jake Runestad

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