Friday, October 29, 2021
The Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (CAS) will premiere the video RETRO-Lamentation and Celebration, featuring Glenn Burleigh’s Lamentation and Celebration, recorded previously by CAS. The premiere will take place on the CAS YouTube channel. This presentation will be offered free of charge, but donations would be appreciated.
Find the video here: https://youtu.be/Hfk1EtBmxQE.
An online “afterglow” will follow here: https://meet.google.com/fbk-vstf-rbj Or dial: (US) +1 267-819-1431 PIN: 138 795 968#.
Lamentation and Celebration for chorus, brass choir, organ, piano and percussion was a tribute to the victims and survivors of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing at its World Premiere in 1996. Burleigh rededicated the work to include the tragedy of 9/11. CAS first performed this work as a tribute to the victims and survivors of 9/11. This is timely as we reflect on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. An audio recording of a CAS performance on September 12, 2002, in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Racine has been thoughtfully interpreted with videography and photography by CAS member Karel Suchy.
For the best viewing experience, we recommend using high quality speakers or headphones, and watching on a smart TV, with a streaming app, or on a computer.
Glenn Edward Burleigh (1949-2007) and CAS enjoyed a very special relationship. Their association began in 1990, when Mr. Burleigh came to Wisconsin for the first performance of Alpha Mass, with full orchestration. He became friends with CAS Artistic Director James Schatzman. As a result, he made many southeastern Wisconsin connections. By the time of his untimely, sudden death at the age of 58, Mr. Burleigh had become widely recognized and respected. His upbringing in the black gospel tradition combined with his classical training as a pianist and composer laid the foundation for his distinctive musical voice. His mission was to bring people of different races together through music. His personal faith and caring for others shine through his compositions. (www.okjazz.org/index.cfm?id=105)