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World Premiere: Lior Navok's 'And the Trains Kept Coming, Boston, MA, Jan 18, 2008

Cantata Singers & Ensemble
David Hoose, Music Director

World Premiere: Lior Navok's 'And the Trains Kept Coming…'
Cantata Singers Commission: Kurt Weill: The Prophets from The Eternal Road
First Boston performance

Friday, January 18, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 3 p.m.
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall,
30 Gainsborough St., Boston

TICKETS: $54, $34, & $20; $5 discount for WGBH members. $15 for students and seniors (section C tickets only).
Limited student rush tickets available 30 min. before concert time with $10 cash and student ID.


Israeli born composer Lior Navok gives voice to the unspeakable tragedies of the Holocaust. Continuing the powerful stream begun by Donald Sur s Slavery Documents and spurred on by T.J. Anderson, Navok s Slavery Documents 3: And the Trains Kept Coming … also takes its texts from primary source documents this time from Holocaust correspondence, including communications that implored the Allies to bomb the railroad tracks leading to the European death camps, transport train schedules, and scribbled notes wedged into the cracked walls of the barracks. Weill's thrilling The Prophets, from his colossal pageant The Eternal Road no less than the history of the Jewish people takes its inspiration from the prophecies of the Book of Jeremiah.

With guest artists from
PALS Children s Chorus
Johanna Hill Simpson, Conductor
Spectrum Singers
John W. Ehrlich, Music Director

Soloists include
James Petosa and Jason McDowell-Green, narrators
Rockland Osgood, tenor
David Kravitz, baritone
Karyl Ryczek, soprano
Majie Zeller, mezzo-soprano
Stephen Williams, tenor
Brian Church, baritone
Dana Whiteside, baritone

Pre-concert discussion with Lior Navok
6:45 Friday and 1:45 Sunday in NEC's St. Botolph Hall

And the Trains Kept Coming . . . represents the third commissioned work in Cantata Singers' "Slavery Documents" stream, begun in 1990 with Donald Sur's Slavery Documents and later lengthened by T.J. Anderson's own musical confrontation with American slavery.

Kurt Weill's The Prophets, from his colossal pageant The Eternal Road which chronicles the history of the Jewish people, complements Navok's monumental work. Music Director David Hoose leads the Cantata Singers chorus, soloists, orchestra, and guest singers from The Spectrum Singers and PALS Children's chorus in these world premiere performances.

Tickets are $20, $34 and $54, with group discounts available. Order at 617-868-5885 or online at www.cantatasingers.org.

This program is funded in part by The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., 7 East 20th Street, New York, NY; and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts:

"And the Trains Kept Coming …" was commissioned with support from the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund and funded in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Creative Connections program of Meet the Composer, Inc., and with additional support from the Argosy Foundation, the six New England state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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