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Rochester Oratorio Society presents 'The Peacemakers'

The Rochester Oratorio Society will perform “The Peacemakers,” a 73minute multi-media world music masterpiece by contemporary Welsh composer Karl Jenkins at Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester on April 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The ensemble, led by Maestro Eric Townell, Artistic Director, will close their 2018-19 season with this performance. The Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale, the Genesee Valley Children’s Choir and the Oratorio Society chorus will sing words by the Dalai Lama, Ghandi, Terry Waite, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and others accompanied by the multi-instrumentalists of the RITA Collective. Seneca Nation representative Jamie Jacobs opens and closes the evening with the traditional Great Thanksgiving ceremony. Memorial Art Gallery docent and Eastman School of Music historian, Lucy Durkin, will project images of the iconic, humanistic authors during the performance.

This event marks the Oratorio Society’s fourth annual collaboration with the University of Rochester Humanities Center, and is the culmination of a community-wide commemoration along with the Rochester Public Library, Thomas Warfield and PeaceArt, NTID and Writers & Books, celebrating national poetry month.

“The Peacemakers” is the next in a series of culturally and historically responsive, collaborative, multicultural productions mounted annually by the Rochester Oratorio Society since 2009. These have included musical commemorations of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial; the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation; the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in NY and the Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass.
These productions engage the community through talks, presentations, historical exhibits, guest artists and ensembles, dance, visual projections, commissions and creation of new work, solo performances, narrations and re-enactments and youth involvement; they culminate in exciting, memorable and wellattended choral performances. The Rochester Oratorio Society created the first community collaboration with the University of Rochester Humanities Center in 2016. This widely-anticipated annual event, in which a series of talks and presentations at the Humanities Center, all free and open to the public, continues with “The Peacemakers.”
This production is sponsored in part by the Rochester Area Community Foundation and Suzanne Gouvernet with major support from Boosey & Hawkes. It is also sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students, and are available at https://ROSsings.org or at (585) 473-2234.