A Celebration of Peace - June 9th and 10th, 2018
Together with the U.S. Air Forces Europe Band and additional guest ensembles, the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir will commemorate the centennial of the end of World War 1 with two international concerts. The center piece of the concert program will be Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Dona nobis pacem. Vaughan Williams produced his plea for peace in 1936 by referring to recent wars during the growing fears of a new one. In addition to concerts in Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken, the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir has been invited to participate in a performance of the piece at the Britain Choral Festival in Ely Cathedral in England on July 4, 2018.
The performances of the Dona nobis pacem will be directed by Dr. Craig Jessop. Hailed by critics as one of America’s most gifted choral conductors, Dr. Craig Jessop will return to Rheinland-Pfalz in June 2018 - 30 years after he first became the conductor of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band and the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir.