Howard Shore: A Palace Upon the Ruins

Essential Voices USA Youth Workshop

Label HOWE Records

CD Released November 4, 2016

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In 2007 conductor/organist Benjamin Hutto asked me to conduct his choruses (The St. Albans School for Boys/the National Cathedral Schools for Girls) at their fund raising concert at the National Cathedral. I asked him if he would commission a new work for the concert by composer Howard Shore, based on words of Eleanor Roosevelt. He agreed and Michael Kellogg and Lucy Pugh provided the funding for this project. I conducted the world premiere of Peace on November 16, 2007 at the National Cathedral. A few years later, my Essential Voices USA Youth Workshop recorded “Peace” at the National Cathedral, with Benjamin Hutto on the organ. That recording is being released on November 4, 2016 on HOWE Records. Other artists on the recording include LANG LANG, the KRONOS QUARTET, and JANNIFER CANO JOHNSON, others.

Eleanor Roosevelt quotes used in "Peace
"Peace will not be built, however, by people with bitterness in their hearts."
From "My Day," January 7, 1944

"For it isn't enough to talk of peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it."
From Broadcast, Voice of America, November 11, 1951

“God grant that we may have the wisdom and courage to build a peaceful world with justice and opportunity for all peoples the world over.”
From “My Day,” April 17 1944