ARs Choralis presented Ralph Vaughan Williams's compelling work for chorus and orchestra, Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) on April 2 and 3rd. In a world of increasing factionalism and violence, Dona Nobis Pacem is as timely today as when it was first performed in 1936. The music dramatically expresses the human condition in times of conflict through the poetry of Walt Whitman (who served as a nurse in the Civil War), 19th century statesman and orator John Bright, and Biblical passages of hope and healing in affirmation of human harmony. The 50 voice chorus, soloists Amy Martin and Matthew Ulrich, and string orchestra was conducted by Ars Choralis artistic director Barbara Pickhardt with Kristen Tuttman at the piano.>
For information about previous Ars Choralis concerts, see Past Concerts.