John Burge Mass gets US Premiere
Dr. John Burge, professor of Music at Queen’s University, is on tour this spring with his ambitious piece for chorus and orchestra, Mass for Prisoners of Conscience. Performances are scheduled in Toronto (March 28), Kingston (April 2) and at New York City’s Lincoln Center (April 5).
The piece for chorus and orchestra, originally composed in 1989 as a thesis project, is dedicated to Amnesty International, in honour of their work aiding political prisoners around the world. “It has always troubled me that there are states that maintain power through the intimidation, imprisonment and torture of their citizens,” Burge says. “It is important to remember that the human rights we take for granted belong, under international law, to all people around the world.”
Dr. Burge is also a Juno nominee this year, in the classical composition category, for his Flanders Fields Reflections. The 2009 Junos will be awarded on March 29, 2009.
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