Community Chorus Sings at Library

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Event a preview for upcoming Spring Concert

A lively South African tune, “Siyahamba,” opened a program with a Peace theme performed by members of  the Cambridge Community Chorus on Sunday afternoon, April 26 in the auditorium at the Cambridge Public Library. Led by Conductor Pamela Mindell, they showcased songs that will be performed  in the Spring Concert  at 8 pm on Saturday evening, May 30th at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium.

The full chorus is about 130 members; a cross-section of them were on stage at the library. “This is about 1/3 of us,” said Mindell, who took over the directorship last July.

“Siyahamba” was followed by “Oseh Shalom,” a Hebrew prayer for peace composed by Cantor Jeff Klepper of Temple Sinai in Sharon, MA. The group will sing “Oseh Shalom” again as part of the city's Annual Holocaust Commemoration ceremony on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 8 Tremont Street.

[flickr-photo:id=16668364243,size=m] Sunday's program at the library featured excerpts from The Peacemakers (2011) by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, a major work to be performed by the full chorus and orchestra at the May 30 concert at Kresge Auditorium with the Worcester Children’s Chorus as guest artists.

Peacemakers is a series of musical settings for writings by Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Bahai founder Bahá'u'lláh, Anne Frank, Terry Waite, and others. At the library the chorus presented three segments from the work:  a setting of “The Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi,” “Healing Light: a Celtic prayer,” and “Peace, triumphant peace.” Also on the program were “Te Quiero” (“I Adore You”), a love song with a political message by Argentine composer/conductor Alberto Favero, and “We Hymn Thee,” from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s  Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31.

A visit to Kresge Auditorium, the scene of the May 30 concert, is an event in itself because of the building's unique architecture. Opened in 1955, it was designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen.