SMC performance remembers civil war, 9/11

first_imgFriday night in Saint Mary’s Little Theatre, music brought to life the tragedy of the Civil War. Performed by a guest soprano, a string trio, pianist and the Women’s Choir, William Averitt’s work, “From These Honored Dead,” musically tied together Civil War hymns, quotes and poems.According to the performance program, the piece was commissioned in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.Throughout the week, Averitt worked with the musicians and the Women’s Choir in preparation for the performance, director of the Women’s Choir Dr. Nancy Menk said.“It’s an appropriate piece for this day [9/11] in history, but was actually written to commemorate the end of the Civil War,” Menk said. “It is moving and heart-wrenching at the same time.”Before the performance began, Averitt spoke to the audience about the structure and arrangement of the piece. The work is divided into three sections each dealing with a theme of the Civil War, and each section has four movements with a similar layout of quote, poem, hymn and instrumental movement, he said.“You probably think of the Civil War perhaps first as the tragic loss of hundreds, thousands, of men,” Averitt said. “But when we think of war, we don’t necessarily think of the women. Me, being a sort of contrarian, I begin each of the three sections with a quote by a woman of commemorable endurance during the civil war era.”The quoted women include the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Red Cross founder Clara Barton and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. During the performance, solo soprano Laurel Thomas sang each quote, accompanied only by piano.Averitt said, “The first movement deals with leading up to the war. Beginning with the Clara Barton [second] section, we deal with the tragedy, wounded and death itself that came so frequently. … The third section deals with the aftermath and focuses really on the Dirge [for Two Veterans] by Walt Whitman.”Each section has a poem, with the first being Herman Melville’s “The Portent,” followed by Melville’s “Shiloh-A Requiem” and finally Whitman’s “Dirge for Two Veterans.” The poems are meant to be the centerpiece of each section, Averitt said.The piece ended with all the musicians together performing Isaac Watts’ hymn, “O, Were I Like a Feathered Dove.”“I don’t know if ‘enjoy’ is the right word, but I hope you find things that move you,” Averitt said.Before the start of “From These Honored Dead,” flutist Frances Lapp Averitt and pianist David Eicher performed Averitt’s piece “Darkling Light.” Averitt said the piece was written right before the composition of “From These Honored Dead.”Saint Mary’s junior Gabrielle Jansen said she found the arrangement of the main piece to be unique and touching at the same time.“It was a great performance,” Jansen said. “It definitely moved me. In a way, you felt more of the emotion behind the war and all the sad things … which brought back thoughts that can be applied to this historical modern day.”Tags: civil war, saint mary’s, Saint Mary’s Music Department, Women’s Choirlast_img read more

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Level Up… Ball Street Network launches XO

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Sky Bet bolsters fan engagement by backing Sky Media YouTube shows August 12, 2019 Social media content and fan engagement specialist, The Ball Street Network has announced its latest YouTube venture, the ‘XO’ channel.Launching XO this week, Ball Street combines the talents of UK leading social media figureheads, The True Geordie, WillNE and Stephen Tries who combined have a YouTube following of +2 million subscribers.The XO channel seeks to bring a fresh engagement to the Ball Street Network’s social portfolio, expanding its existing content beyond traditional YouTube sports and football content formats.The new channel will produce original documentaries, YouTube experiences, social commentary, podcasts, interviews combined with unique viewer engagements.The development of XO sees ‘The True Geordie Podcast’, the UK’s highest audio-show (social reach – 85 million), become part of the Ball Street Network.Supporting the expansion of XO, Ball Street announces new recruits in Adam Boultwood as Head of Content with Laurence McKenna as XO Creative Director.Launching XO, The True Geordie said: “We’ve seen the first generation of football channels, and they’ve gone unchallenged – until now.“What makes XO different is that we have some of the most talented people YouTube has to offer under one roof. On camera in Will, Stephen, Laurence and myself, I believe we have the dream team and, with Ball Street backing us, this project will be unbeatable. We’ll soon be making some of the best content this space has ever seen, trust me on that.”Matt Wilson – Ball StreetIn its first three days since launching, XO has surpassed +300,000 YouTube subscribers, with Ball Street further reporting +1.2 million organic views since its weekend launch.A pleased Matt Wilson, Ball Street CEO and co-founder said: “We’re making great progress commercially and now, with XO, we have the premium, marquee sports channel we’ve been looking for.”“We’re excited to be building XO with Will, Stephen and True Geordie and, along with Adam and Laurence we feel we’ve assembled the best squad in the league and we’ll soon be competing with the best for silverware.” Share Related Articles Share FAN UP! Ladbrokes expands social content partnership with Ball Street Network August 16, 2017 Markus Jennemyr – FanLeague – A fun, social and easy way to engage an audience September 29, 2017last_img read more

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