Sunday, May 19, 2019
Sacred Heart – Guadalupe
Kansas City, MO
Our final concert this season centers upon a new work by Australian-American composer Melissa Dunphy, whose work focuses upon the intersection of art with political discourse. Her work, American DREAMers, takes texts written by undocumented young persons impacted by the immigration laws in the United States and presents their stories in a multi-movement a cappella work.
Another work, War-Dreams by Zachary Wadsworth, continues the focus on oppression and violence as they impact the migrant experience and will be paired with William Byrd's Bow Thine Ear, O Lord, which is presented within the work as a response to Walt Whitman's poem "Old War-Dreams." We will also feature movements from Geoffrey Wilcken's That Promised Land and a new work by Dr. Wilcken written for this concert, Everyone's Brother, with text from "Nobody's Son – Notes from an American Life" by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Other works include Chester Alwes’ Psalms of Ascent for men's chorus, and the rarely performed O Vos Omnes by cellist, composer, and conductor Pablo Casals.