A Journey to Freedom

through music, word, and dance

Saturday, May 28, 2005

7:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium, M.I.T.
84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts
$10 donation at the door
$5 for seniors and students
Free parking in M.I.T.'s Vassar St garage
Wheelchair accessible
info 617-876-1313/www.cambridgechorus.org

featuring Krista River, Jean Danton, Renese King, Michael Winograd & Tony Kahn

also appearing Patricia Dance and members of the Praise and Worship Dance Ministry of St. Paul AME Church, Cambridge.

Choreography by Midge Brecher and Jennifer Schoonover; Costumes by Henry Shaffer; Set design by Jim Peters; Script by Jane Whitehead; Produced by Donna Killoran.

The Pyramids

The Cambridge Community Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, William E. Thomas, Musical director present a fully staged interpretation of the Exodus story through dance, word, and music, from Handel to Gospel.

The centerpiece of the two-part program is Part I of Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt, based on the Old Testament Book of Exodus. A contemporary described this great choral work as a "sublime Composition," in which Handel had "exerted every Power human Nature is capable of."

Complementing and deepening the subject matter of Handel's oratorio are works ranging from a haunting Sephardic melody (Par'o era Estrellero -- Pharaoh was a Stargazer), through Jewish folk and sacred music, including the beautiful chorus "He Watching Over Israel," from Mendelssohn's Elijah, and a stirring Gospel version of "Oh Mary, Don't You Weep" (inspired by the great Aretha Franklin)

This blend of various musical and cultural elements, interwoven with narrative and dance, promises a rich and varied evening's entertainment celebrating the universal human longing for freedom!

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