Michael Tippett: A Child of Our Time


Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:00pm


Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time

“The darkness declares the glory of light.”

Michael Tippett composed A Child of Our Time (1939-41) as a response to the violent atrocities and scapegoating in Europe preceding the Second World War. Inspired by wide-ranging influences from African American spirituals, Jungian psychology, to the modernist poetry of T.S. Eliot, as well as jazz, tango, and the oratorios of Handel and Bach, Tippett’s universal pleas for compassion, unity, and tolerance remain as harrowingly resonant today as they did in his time.

The intrepid Boston Modern Orchestra Project joins the Harvard Choruses, along with the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Harvard Alumni Chorus, and four internationally renowned vocal soloists in a rare performance of this seminal 20th-century masterwork. The program also features Trevor Weston’s Griot Legacies (2014), a stirring celebration of the diversity, power, and legacy of the African American Spiritual.


Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall | Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 8:00 pm


Michael Tippett: A CHILD OF OUR TIME

Pre-concert talk with Trevor Weston at 7:00 pm.
This concert is made possible by the Barbara Connolly Lewis Memorial Fund.
Harvard Choruses | Boston Children’s Chorus | HGC/RCS 1967 Reunion Choir
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano | Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo-soprano
Dann Coakwell, tenor | Dashon Burton, baritone
Andrew Clark, conductor