EXILE LAMENTATIONS

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

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

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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.

Alberto Ginastera‘s fiery and provocative “Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah” is his personal response to political oppression and self-imposed exile to the United States from his native Argentina. Ginastera mourns for his own troubled homeland just as Jeremiah pined for his destroyed city.

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.

El Último Hilo was commissioned for Kantorei, Joel Rinsema, Managing Artistic Director (Denver, CO USA) and Vocalis (Guatemala) by the Olson-Vander Heyden Foundation.

These concerts sponsored in part by:

Featuring Music By:

Alberto Ginastera
Péter Louis van Dijk
Jake Runestad

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