June 15, 2019 at Carnegie Hall

CARNEGIE HALL 

REFLECTIONS ON UNITY

Saturday, JUNE 15, 2019 
8:00 PM 
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

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It’s easy to retreat into platitudes when discussing concepts like unity, especially in the current climate when our states seem anything but united. We need it now more than ever, we say. It takes all types. But how can we move past lip service and into action in order to respect—and even defend—each other's differences? How can we work toward consensus in the real world?
Coming together to make music is a good start. The choir itself is a safe space where individuals can add their unique voices to a common equation, even as we divide into parts, multiplying in intensity to become part of the whole. There’s math behind all this beauty. And it’s the mathematics of unity. The reliable science of harmony and resonance. Perhaps unification is simpler when the parameters are self-evident, like in physics, where resonance has a nice, clean definition: energy being amplified by the synchronous vibration of a neighboring object. But synchronous vibrations are hard to come by in the real world. It requires trust. It requires vulnerability. And singing is, by its nature, a vulnerable act. To do it well, we need to open ourselves emotionally, to listen and adjust to each other, to accept our limitations and work within them.
The goal then, in this and other grand performance, is to assemble as a single organism, audience and performers alike, striving toward one purpose. We hope to near perfection through melody, empathy, and self-reflection. We have the opportunity to become one for a short time and then to disperse, spreading back into our lives, empowered, recharged, and humming in synchronous vibration with our neighboring objects.
-Mark McAdam
Songwriter & Producer

FULL PROGRAM
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National Concerts presents a thematic program exploring the concept of 'unity' which will include three world premiere commissions. Opening the evening's performance is the National Concert Youth Chorus under the direction of guest conductor, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu from St. Olaf College, and include the choral programs from Bak Middle School of the Arts and St. John's Boys' Choir.
Following the youth choirs, the National Concert Chorus will perform a dynamic program with exciting imagery and lighting under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Benson (San Jose State University) and Dr. Andrew Minear (University of Alabama).
After intermission, we're excited to introduce the Big Spring Honors Band from Texas who will then accompany both choruses in a world premiere concert finalé. 

PERFORMERS:
Bak Middle School for the Arts
  Connie Drosakis & Jorge Valls, Directors
St. John's Boys' Choir
  André Heywood, Director
National Concert Youth Chorus
  Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Guest Conductor
National Concert Chorus
  Jeffrey Benson & Andrew Minear, Co-Guest Conductors
Fresno City College
  Julie Dana, Director
Big Spring High School Honors Band
  Rocky Harris, Director

TESFA WONDEMAGEGNEHUANDREW MINEARJEFFREY BENSON
   


PREMIERING WORKS BY:
Richard Burchard
Stacey V. Gibbs
Jocelyn Hagen 

RICHARD BURCHARDSTACEY V. GIBBSJOCELYN HAGEN



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