Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico. In addition to the damage done by Mother Nauture, Uncle Sam has been less than compassionate in his aid.
In response to this tragedy, we are holding this concert. It serves as both a memorial to the victims and as a statement that Puerto Rico and its people will not be forgotten, overlooked, or treated as second class citizens--not now, and not going forward.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the Hispanic Federation in support of their UNIDOS Program.
Paige Cutrona, Soprano
John-Andrew Fernandez, Baritone
Joseph Jones, Conductor
Gabriel Fauré - Requiem in d minor, Op. 48
Antonín Dvořák - Symphony No. 9, Op. 95, B. 178 'From the New World'
Of the 4 most popular requiems--those by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, and Faure--that of the French composer is unique in its gentleness, ethereal spirit, and emphasis not on foreboding, philosophical introspection, or dramatic brimstone, but in focusing purely on comfort. Perhaps the most liturgical of the 4 (owing to its lack of theatricality and, at 35 minutes in length, relative brevity,) it is a moving testament to those lost while offering a warm embrace to those left behind.
Dvorak's symphony is arguably his most enduring and popular work. Arguably the first truly great symphonic work composed on American soil, it was written during his time in New York City. His signature Bohemian style is on display; but his newfound enthusiasm and love for American folk music, especially that of the Native peoples and negro spiritual tradition, makes itself deeply felt as well. Dvorak stated that the musical traditions of the Native American people and the freed slaves ought to be the cornerstone of a uniquely American school of composition. Though a century later his words have largely gone unheeded, we will honor that spirit in this concert with the inclusion of this landmark work.
Tickets are priced in a 'pay what you wish' system. Whether you can afford to pay $10 or $100, we hope you will join us and help us celebrate the lives and humanity of the Puerto Rican people while helping their recovery efforts.