Excitement is building and plans are well under way as the World House Choir begins intensive rehearsals for our fall concert — the performance of a powerful 57-minute oratorio entitled Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream.
This electrifying work by Cincinnati composer Steve Milloy is scored for mass chorus, two soloists and a small instrumental ensemble. It tells the dramatic story of Bayard Rustin, a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rustin not only introduced King to Ghandian non-violent methods of protest, he was also largely responsible for organizing the massive and historic March on Washington in 1963.
But because he was an openly gay man in mid-twentieth century America, Rustin was forced to remain in the background of the movement.
Milloy’s work contains a rich variety of musical genres from African-American Spirituals to reggae to folk music to rap and dramatic spoken word. Rustin had a beautiful tenor voice and one movement opens with a recording of his singing the spiritual, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.”
The World House Choir will produce Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream four times in our region:
- In Yellow Springs on Thursday September 6 and Saturday September 8 at Antioch College’s Foundry Theater. Performance times are 7pm.
- In Dayton on Friday September 7, 7pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
- In Cincinnati on Sunday September 9 at 2pm at the House Of Joy Christian Ministries
We have invited singers from several area choirs [Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir and the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale] to join us in rehearsing and performing this piece and we hope to have a mass chorus of 140+ voices.
Be sure to mark your calendars and watch this space for updates and additional information as this exciting project unfolds.