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UMass Boston Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert: A Cadence of Peace

Event Date: April 27, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: University Hall, 1st Floor, Recital Hall


Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Still: Afro-American Symphony
Márquez: Danzón No. 2

Making Peace
Denise Levertov (poet)

A line of peace might appear
if we restructured the sentence our lives are making,
revoked its reaffirmation of profit and power,
questioned our needs, allowed
long pauses . . .
A cadence of peace might balance its weight
on that different fulcrum; peace, a presence,
an energy field more intense than war,
might pulse then,
stanza by stanza into the world,
each act of living
one of its words, each word
a vibration of light—facets
of the forming crystal.

The inspiration for this concert program is tri-fold: to honor the diversity that defines our urban campus and the community of the Chamber Orchestra; to pay homage to composer’s who represent minority and/or marginalized voices; to offer a response to the systematic and ongoing social injustice (past and present) through a peaceful and hopeful voice of resistance and unity.

The program will feature works by William Grant Still, an African American composer; Arturo Márquez, a Mexican composer; and Ludwig van Beethoven. The pairing of these three composers is purposeful. While Still and Márquez represent minority and marginalized populations, in theory, Beethoven represents the classical Western canon; however, upon closer examination, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture was conceived as a response to political oppression. Thus, the “us” versus “them” dichotomy is lifted as the common human theme of equality and justice serves as common ground.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.