Like Wildflowers, Suddenly
On Creating a Musical Tribute to Israel
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Hebrew College, Berenson Hall
$15 at the door
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Cantor Charles Osborne
Cantor Aryeh Finklestein
Dr. Joshua Jacobson and the Zamir Chorale of Boston
Let it come
suddenly, because the field
must have it: wildpeace
So ends the poem “Wild Peace” by Yehuda Amichai. Those words were the starting point
for composer Charles Osborne and librettist Aryeh Finklestein as they set out to
create a musical tribute for Israel’s 60th birthday. The result is Like Wildflowers,
Suddenly, an oratorio encompassing three stages of Jewish history-biblical, the
diaspora and the modern Jewish state of Israel.
In this special lecture-concert leading up to the composition’s world premiere with
the Zamir Chorale of Boston on June 1 at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., Osborne
and Finklestein will be joined by the Zamir Chorale and founding director Joshua
Jacobson to explore the inspiration for their work and the process of musical
Says Osborne, “The piece conveys three stages of the Jewish state: existence,
and re-existence. It’s an emotional expression of our relationship to the land.”