Prairie Performances

Of War


University of Illinois

On this week's Prairie Performances, Friday night at 7 pm on WILL-FM 90.9, "Of War"—embedded in this concert between Mozart’s ”day of wrath” and Bach’s “plea for peace”—is a cantata for chorus, soloists, and orchestra.

It was premiered on April 9, 2015 on the University of Illinois campus. Three movements are based on texts by the composer Constance Congdon. The text of the third movement "Vigil Strange" is from the collection Drum-Taps, book 21 of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

OF WAR” (4/9/15)

University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra
University of Illinois Oratorio Society
University of Illinois Chamber Singers
University of Illinois Women's Glee Club
University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club

Dr. Andrew Megill, conductor
Mileeyae Kwon, soprano
Jennifer E. Wiggins, mezzo-soprano
Michael Patterson, tenor
Ricardo Sepúlveda, bass


Lewis Spratlan | Of War (world premiere)

         Mozart | Dies Irae from Requiem
         Spratlan | Of War
         Bach | Dona nobis pacem from B Minor Mass

Ralph Vaughan-Williams | Dona nobis pacem