Sametz: A Child’s Requiem
Princeton Meadows Church & Event Center
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8:00PM
$25 adults/$10 students
Artistic Director Steven Sametz recently won the prestigious Sackler Music Composition Prize. The resulting commissioned work, “A Child’s Requiem,” is a 45–minute oratorio for children’s chorus, adult choir, three soloists and chamber orchestra. Sametz, a native of Connecticut, wrote the work in memory of the children and administrators who were slain in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In creating “A Child’s Requiem,” Sametz reached out to elementary schools across the country to collect children’s responses to tragedy and loss. Children’s writings combine with poetry of Emerson, Dickinson, and H.D. to create a powerful libretto about the effect on children of violence in our culture.
The Princeton Singers presents the New Jersey premiere of this prize-winning work under the baton of the composer in collaboration with The Princeton Girlchoir and an international cast of soloists. The evening will begin with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ rapturously beautiful “Serenade to Music” for sixteen soloists, chorus and orchestra.