"West Meets East"


Media Advisory

Featuring world premiere of Child of War by Jin Hi Kim
The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut
3 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Who: The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, Carole Ann Maxwell, D.S.M., Founding Artistic Director & Conductor; Beth Palmer, Accompanist; Darwin Shen, Violin; Anna Skula, Oboe; Tom Hudson, Cello; Steve Collins, Percussion.

Image: Mendelsson quoir

What: "West Meets East". The program features John Rutter's Requiem, written in 1985, and the commissioned world premiere of Child of War, written by the celebrated Korean composer Jin Hi Kim.

Child of War: One of the most iconic photographs taken during the Vietnam War on June 8, 1972 shows a young girl, completely naked, running, arms raised in pleading with her mouth open, wailing at the horror of the napalm attack upon her village by the military forces of the United States. The girl's name is Kim Phuc. The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut is proud to be performing  the commissioned world premiere of Child of War, a choralwork based upon thestory of Kim Phuc, the photograph itself, and the life Ms Phuc has lived subsequent to this horrific experience, as contained in her 2001 biography, "The Girl In The Picture: The Story Of Kim Phuc: The Photograph And The Vietnam War" by Denise Chong. Despite all odds, Ms Phuc survived the attack, and despite enormous, ongoing pain, today she is a wife, mother and a United Nations spokesperson and an advocate for women and children in war-torn areas. The music of Child of War is by the celebrated Korean composer and komungo artist, Jin Hi Kim, and commissioned by John Marshall Lee for The Mendelssohn Choir.  

When: 3 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014

Where: Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, CT.

Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $10 children and students. Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010. Visit: www.quickcenter.com

Information: The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut is led by Carole Ann Maxwell, DSM, Artistic Director and Conductor.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 12, 2014

Vol. 46, No. 220