This Will Be Our Reply to Violence

On Thursday May 4 and Friday 5 2017 at Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium on the Bowdoin College Campus in Brunswick, Maine, Dr. Anthony Antolini and the Bowdoin Chorus will perform the World Premiere of my new work: “This Will Be Our Reply to Violence” with words by Leonard Bernstein. Composed in response to the Paris attacks on October 13, 2015, for A cappella choir, the choral anthem is a musical setting of Bernstein’s famous words: “This will be our reply to violence, to make music more intensely, more beautifully, devotedly than ever before”; taken from “An Artist’s Response to Violence” which Bernstein read on November 25, 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

This is the first time a composer has ever set these immortal words by Bernstein to music.

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