Come and share with us this tribute and memorial to Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Denise McNair, Johnny Robinson and Virgil Ware - the children who lost their lives on Sept. 15, 1963.
"Band of Angels, a Service of Remembrance for the Children Who Died in Racial Violence, September 15, 1963" is a multi movement work by Alabama composer K. Lee Scott. The free WORLD PREMIER will be performed on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center - Jemison Hall by the Magic City Choral Society Men's and Women's Choruses along with choirs from Ramsay High School, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Alabama A&M University. This compelling work features traditional spirituals, hymns from the Civil Rights Movement, moving new choral material, and scriptures blended together to form a tribute to the young girls and boys who lost their lives that day. Survivors from 16th Street Church bombing will share their stories and they will read selected scripture in between each movement.
This sort of collaboration echos "the dream" where people of divergent backgrounds gather in order to make music, and by making music together, they form a community. Each choir brings its own sonic texture to this performance and when these textures combine, working together as 250 voices, the whole will be greater than the sum of its parts. In short, this will be a profound and powerful sound. The combined 278 singers, and under the direction of composer K. Lee Scott will sing the opening spiritual Hold Out Your Light, a re-imagined and newly composed Battle Hymn of the Republic, and the closing movement, In Paradisum. However, to truly appreciate the beauty of whole, it is important to experience the beauty of the individual choirs. Under the direction of their respective conductors, each choir will perform at least one movement alone so that whole is understood through the appreciation of the parts.
This is a free performance and it is partially funded by a grant from the City Council of Birmingham, AL.