Red Shift presents Beyond Earth's Boundaries: Kile Smith's The Consolation of Apollo and the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 8 Moon Mission
*Featuring Traditional Carols and 2 World Premieres by Kile Smith & Timothy J. Takach
Join the premier professional choir of Louisiana as 14 gifted artists from throughout the nation, including 2 Grammy Award-Winners, join our Baton Rouge artists for these extraordinary, celestial holiday concerts.
50 years ago, on Christmas Eve of 1968, the Apollo 8 crew became the first astronauts to leave Earth’s orbit, circle the moon, and photograph the entire Earth. In addition to fragmented transcripts from their communications, American composer Kile Smith (b. 1956) interspersed writings from The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius (480–524) to create an innovative, twenty first-century choral masterwork that has become regularly programmed by advanced choirs throughout the nation; indeed, Red Shift presented the regional premiere of the work in December 2016.
Dedicated to resonant, innovative storytelling, Red Shift is a professional choir of exceptional artists from throughout the nation that offers audiences new perspectives of sound and meaning in our shared world. In addition to providing the southern region with access to post-modern classical repertoire and dynamic content, Red Shift strives to foster an appreciation and advocacy in our audiences of choral art music that transcends the expected and celebrates a diversity of time periods, styles, languages, spiritual traditions, and cultures. Our initiatives to achieve these educational aims include research, commissioning and publication of new music, community presentations, exhibitions, and discussions, and interaction and engagement with our audiences. Recent honors include featured performances for The College Music Society National Conference in Vancouver, B.C. and for the Louisiana American Choral Directors Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
St. Joseph Cathedral - 401 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Saturday, December 15, 2018:
Pre-Concert Talk @ 6:30 p.m.
Concert @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2018:
Pre-Concert Talk @ 2:15 p.m.
Concert @ 3:00 p.m.
$20 General Admisison/$5 Students
This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.
resonant storycraft / amplified perspectives