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Shifting Perceptions:
The life and times of
Anne Frank

Erica Washburn conducts NEC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers in a work based on Anne Frank's diary, and music written during her lifetime.

The program begins with a series of works that possess beauty that belies the chaotic and violent time in which they were created. The second half of the program will feature the chamber version of Annelies, the first major work to gain notice by British composer James Whitbourn. The libretto compiled and translated by Melanie Challenger is based on The Diary of Anne Frank.

The evening opens at 7:00 pm with a pre-concert talk about the life of Anne Frank and perceptions of her today by NEC liberal arts faculty member James Klein and Erica Washburn. The concert follows at 8:00 pm.

Read composer James Whitbourn's note on Annelies.

Read conductor Erica Washburn's note on the remainder of this program.

The Program:

NEC Chamber Singers
Ildebrando Pizzetti Tre Composizioni Corali
Darius Milhaud Les Deux Cités, op. 170
Hugo Distler Mörike Chorliederbuch, op. 19
Zoltán Kodály Esti dal
Pablo Casals: O Vos Omne

NEC Concert Choir
James Whitbourn Annelies Boston premiere of chamber version
Arielle Armstrong (’14), soprano soloist, Ryan Shannon, violin, Marza Merophi Wilks, cello, John Diodati, clarinet, Linda Edsinga, piano

Date: October 24, 2013 - 7:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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