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Coro Allegro presents "The Struggle Continues"

Join CORO ALLEGRO, Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus, and David Hodgkins, Artistic Director, for our inspiring season finale, "The Struggle Continues,” Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00pm, Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury Street, Boston. The program shines a light on international LGBTQ+ rights and features the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Patricia Van Ness. Tickets and info: coroallegro.org.

"The Struggle Continues” opens with a reprise Eric Banks’ Aluta continua: The passion of David Kato Kisule. Banks’ moving drama of the life and legacy of the slain Ugandan LGBTI activist was acclaimed by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for its courage: “‘Coro Allegro Premiere Shows No Fear’. . . That all must stand against injustice of every kind was the overriding message. The performers’ devotion to it as well as to the music was unmistakable.” Countertenor Tai Oney, praised by the Guardian as “ravishing” and “superb” will be featured in the role of Kisule. Baritone Ron Williams, whom the Boston Globe lauds as “stunning . . . a gusty voiced, literate singer” will sing the role of Ugandan Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, excommunicated for his work as an ally to the LGBTQI community.

The concert will conclude with the premiere of Psalms of Luminous Rescue, a newly commissioned work by Patricia Van Ness. Its radiant harmonies offer solace to the marginalized in flickering modes of darkness and hope. Coro Allegro’s previous performances and recordings of works by Van Ness, winner of the 4th annual Daniel Pinkham Award and former Composer-in-Residence, have been praised by reviewers as “absolutely ravishing,” “profoundly evocative,” “immensely involving and not a little moving.” Sonja DuToit Tengblad, celebrated by the Boston Globe for her “crystalline tone and graceful musicality” will be featured as soprano soloist.

ERIC BANKS, Aluta Continua: The passion of David Kato Kisule
Tai Oney, countertenor
Ron Williams, baritone

Jonathan Hess, marimba
Robert Schulz, marimba

PATRICIA VAN NESS, Psalms of Luminous Rescue [World Premiere]
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano

Catherine Weinfeld oboe
Emily Rome, viola
Leo Eguchi, cello

Chorus Name: 
Coro Allegro
Event date: 
05/20/2018
Event Time: 
3:00 pm
Event City: 
Boston
Event State: 
MA
Event Country: 
United States