Performances in 2018

A Celebration of Peace
Time: June 9th, 2018, 7:30pm
Location: Martinskirche, Klosterstraße 1, Kaiserslautern
Time: June 10th, 2018, 5pm
Location: Ludwigskirche, Am Ludwigsplatz, 66111 Saarbrücken

United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Band
Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir
Soloists: Jasmine Connolly (Soprano) and Denver Murphy (Baritone)
Piano and Organ: Lothar Bendel
Directors: Dr. Craig Jessop, Dr. Justin W. Lewis

Together with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir commemorated the centennial of the end of World War 1 with concerts in Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken. The center piece of the concert program was 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. His texts were taken from the Mass, three poems by Walt Whitman, a political speech, and sections of the Bible. In addition, the program included pieces by Max Reger, Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler, among others. Details can be found in our program text.

The performances of the Dona nobis pacem were directed by Dr. Craig Jessop. Dr. Craig Jessop returned 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. It was a pleasure and honor for the choir to perform this work under his direction.