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Kinnara presents Passion
January 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kinnara returns to Grace Church on Sunday, January 16 at 6:00 PM. Comprising some of the finest ensemble and solo singers in the country, Kinnara is one of the nation’s premier professional chamber choirs. Under the direction of J.D. Burnett, who also serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia, the choir performs a wide variety of standard choral repertoire from all eras.
In early 2020, Kinnara commissioned American composer Heather Gilligan to write a ~25-minute long multi-movement work, Southern Dissonance: Portraits for a New South, for four singers and percussion. Drawing texts from famous Georgian civil rights activists, including MLK, Alice Walker, John Lewis, Jimmy Carter, and Stacey Abrams, with an opening text by Langston Hughes, this work compactly and impactfully comments on the social issues facing the current and new America.
Of the work, Gilligan writes “This work is about progress and persistence, about standing firm. Uniting texts by a variety of writers and political figures from the Civil Rights Movement to present day, it weaves together themes that are as relevant now as they were then.”
The work will be premiered in concert alongside David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize Award-winning composition, the little match girl passion, based on the 1845 Hans Christian Andersen story, “The Little Match Girl”. Influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach’s St Matthew Passion (1727), the work won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2008. In 2019, writers of The Guardian ranked the little match girl passion the 15th greatest work of classical music since 2000, with Andrew Clements calling it “one of the most original vocal works of recent times. Extracts from Andersen’s story and from St Matthew’s gospel are interleaved with closely woven vocal writing, that is […] often comfortingly tonal and hauntingly affecting.”
Admission to the concert at Grace Church is free; doors open at 5:30 PM. At this time, Grace Church asks everyone to wear masks when gathered in groups in the building. Masks are available if you don’t have your own. Learn more.