UWF Singers Perform “Songs of Survival”

The Dr. Grier Williams School of Music at the University of West Florida is proud to sponsor the UWF singers as they perform “Songs of Survival” on Thursday April 21 at 7:30 p.m.. in the Rolfs Music Hall of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82 on the Pensacola campus.

The concert will feature two contrasting works from 1943, at the height of World War II. The first being a collection of songs for “vocal orchestra” by Margaret Dryburgh and Norah Chambers who composed the songs in captivity on the island of Sumatra during the Japanese invasion (“Songs of Survival”). Some of these compositions were written on scraps of paper or soup can labels. The comforting presence of music provided purpose for living in horrific conditions.

The second major work presented is “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Benjamin Britten. A known pacifist, Britten composed this work in 1943, around the same time that Norah and Margaret were creating their choir A Hemisphere Away. The particular poetry comes from Christopher Smart whose pseudonyms were Mrs. Mary Midnight and Ebenezer Pentweazle.

Supporting works include pieces by Gregorio Allegri, WA Mozart, Darius Lim, Cynthia Erivo, John Lennon, Sam Pottle, Michael Barrett, Moses Hogan and Leonard Bernstein.

This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. For tickets or more information, visit uwf.edu/cfpa or call the CFPA box office at 850.857.6285.

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