September 24 – Texas Journey in 21 days!
This evening I was invited to a memorable concert at The Sage Gateshead main hall in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It was the first time I could hear a live performance of Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time, definitely an opportunity not to be missed!
English composer Michael Tippett (1905-1998) was a pacifist who championed the cause of the deprived and the oppressed. In 1938 a teenager from Poland, living in Paris, shot and mortally wounded a German diplomat – and so prompted one of the most notorious atrocities of the twentieth century. The assassination by seventeen-year-old Herschel Grynspan led to the horrendous reprisal of Kristallnacht in November of that year, and the youth himself was executed.
Tippett wanted to reinforce the relevance of his vision to his own times, and decided the use of Negro spirituals – songs whose sad yearning is balanced by the way they rejoice at the prospect of a life renewed – was the most appropriate.
The following excerpt is not as good as what I heard at The Sage, but since there are no other video available…
How can I cherish my man in such days, or become a mother in a world of destruction? How shall I feed my children on so small a wage? How can I comfort them when I am dead?
I could not but think of our upcoming Journey of Hope and how we all need to learn the way from violence to healing. In the United States in 2010, in Europe in the 1940’s, the human race has hunger for more justice. In October, we will bring food for thought and hope for a better Texas.
Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing board member & Secretary