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Kenneth Freed, Music Director

To Be Certain of the Dawn

Image of Abigail Fischer, mezzo soprano
Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 3:00pm
Mankato West High School Auditorium

"This is the task: in the darkest night to be certain of the dawn, certain of the power to turn a curse into a blessing, agony into song..." Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel


Join in an act of communal healing as we come together to mourn the tragedy of the Dakota Conflict and the hangings of 1862. Minnesotan composer Stephen Paulus' multimedia oratorio brings a message of hope and forgiveness that will speak to us all. Inspired by pictures taken during the Holocaust, it tells the story of faith and hope through the eyes of children. Still images will be projected on the screen above the orchestra corresponding with the vignettes sung by choirs and soloists. Trail of Tears is a flute concerto by Michael Daugherty about the removal and forced internment of Native Americans.

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Maurice Ravel-Mourner's Kaddish
Stephen Paulus-To Be Certain of the Dawn
Michael Daugherty-Trail of Tears




Jill Mahr

 Dave Larsen Eleda Morneau


Jill Mahr, flute

Dave Larsen, vocalist


Eleda Krueger Morneau, mezzo soprano





 Barry Abelson




Barry Abelson, cantor

Brad Benoit, tenor

Abigail Fischer, mezzo soprano

Kimm Julian, baritone

Angela Mortellaro, soprano








Minnesota State University, Mankato Concert Choir

Singers from the Minnesota Chorale


Mankato Children's Chorus Concert Choir