MISHAWAKA—On April 6 Bethel College will hold the War & Peace Concert. The concert will feature groups like the Bethel Concert Choir, the John Glenn High School Music Department, and the Vesper Chorale & Chamber Orchestra.
According to Jeshua Franklin, Director of Choral Activities, the groups will come together for a 35-minute cantata titled, “Dana nobis pacem” (grant us peace) by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Each choral group will also have the opportunity to perform their own pieces including Bethel’s Women’s Chorale and Bethel’s dance troupe Spirit in Motion.
When asked how the event came to be, Franklin said, “The event came about for several reasons. Bethel’s Concert Choir, along with some friends and alumni of the college and members of Vesper Chorale, will all be performing the “Dona nobis pacem” in Carnegie Hall in May. Once I knew we were singing that work in New York in May, I wanted to see if there was a way to perform it here on campus as well”
According to the provided press release, Franklin also said, “The year 2018 marked the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, the war that was to end all wars. Yet the world remains plagued by threats of terrorism, nuclear escalation, civil war, and genocide. Too much of the world's population lives in daily fear of violence,”
According to the press release, the concert will be paired with an art Exhibition that features copies prints focused on the subject of war and peace. The Music Department will also be screening “The Singing Revolution” on Wed., April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium.
The concert will take place April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest Rohrer Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at BethelCollege.edu/Tickets or you can call (574) 807-7080.