The CitySingers of Hartford will perform A Chorus of Peace at the Wesleyan University Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, on Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm. The event benefits Artists for World Peace. As part of the evening, Artists for World Peace will host an art show and sale in the Zelnick Pavilion, adjacent to the chapel. This show is free and open to the public.
The CitySingers performance is generated by the chanson melody “L’homme Armé” (“The Armed Man”), a popular song originating in the 15th century. This and other texts in the program are filled with imagery about what it means to be equipped to protect and strive for peace. A Chorus of Peaceincludes excerpts from the contemporary Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’s stirring composition based on “The Armed Man” as well as 15th-century composer Antoine Busnois’s setting of this melody. Through creative expression of choral and instrumental music combined with ethnic dance from the Sankofa Kuumba Dance Ensemble, CitySingers offers this performance as a symbol of peace for all. Members of the dance ensemble will wear the International Peace Belt during the performance.Tickets are available at the door. Suggested donation: $15.
The art show in the Zelnick Pavilion, from 5 pm to 10 pm, will feature the work of seven contemporary artists: photographers Claudia Hehr, Chris Dei, and Kate Clay; fine art printer Antoon Taghon; painters Kamar Thomas and Kathi Packer; and mixed-media artists Wendy Black-Nasta and Ashby Carlisle. The work of Artists for World Peace and its International Peace Belt inspired much of the art on display. The show is free and open to the public.
The Artists for World Peace Foundation is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for artistic expression to foster world peace and raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes. To learn more about Artists for World Peace, please visit www.artistsforworldpeace.org and follow us on Facebook.