On the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Rembrandt presents a special event five years in the making. War and the Human Heart combines chamber orchestra, chorus, film, and live narration in a moving performance that honors the experience of war for every veteran, past or present. Join Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, the Valparaiso University Chorale, the Valparaiso University Bach Choir, and conductor Craig Jessop(former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) for a thought-provoking journey into the veteran experience. Works by Beethoven, Strauss, Holst, Schumann, Barber, and others.
FEATURED GUESTS: Craig Jessop (former Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir), conductor; Carl Grapentine (WFMT Morning Program), narrator; Christopher Cock (Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Valparaiso University), tenor; Steven Ovitsky (former General Director of the Grant Park Music Festival), shofar
PRE-CONCERT TALK: “France in the Great War: The Divide between Home Front and Front Line — and How a Song Bridged the Gap.” Dr. Charles Rearick, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will deliver a unique and engaging presentation on La Madelon, the “hit song” of World War I in France. Through the lyrics and history of this popular song, Dr. Rearick explores the collective emotions of the troops and the enduring memory of the war in the public imagination. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to view photographs and other materials from Dr. Rearick’s private collection while hearing a dynamic talk by one of only a few experts in the popular music of WWI. The presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. in St. James Commons, adjacent to the Cathedral. Co-sponsored by the Valparaiso University Music Department.
BEETHOVEN: Krieger Chor [Soldiers’ Song]: Wir Bauen und Sterben [We Build and Die], WoO 96, from incidental music to Leonora Prohaska, a drama by Johann Friedrich Duncker, cabinet secretary to the King of Prussia (1814)
STRAUSS: Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniterordens(Solemn Processional of the Knights of the Order of St. John), TrV 224 (1909)
BARBER: A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map (1940)
What Do You Do if You Are Attacked? Or Your Country is Occupied?
READ: The Reveille, Op. 89b (1962)
MARLY: Chant des Partisans (Song of the Partisan Fighters) (1940)
The Veteran’s Experience: Camaraderie, Sacrifice, “Battle Madness”
ROBERT: Quand Madelon (1914)
ROUSSEL: Le Bardit des Francs (War Song of the Franks) (1926)
HOLST: A Dirge for Two Veterans, H121 (1914)
GRAINGER: We Have Fed Our Sea for a Thousand Years (1911)
Veterans’ Fear and Commitment
MARTINU: Polni Mse (Field Mass/Soldier’s Mass), H. 279 (1939)
Loss and Hope for the Future
BOUTRY: Marche de Novembre (Commemorating the Battle of the Verdun) (1975)
SCHUMANN: Beim Abschied zu Singen (Parting Song), Op. 84 (1847)
HOLST: Turn Back O Man, Op. 36a/H.134 (1916)