We Can Mend the Sky

Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham
Rodney Wynkoop, conductor
Sunday, June 9, 2019
5 pm
Duke Chapel
$10 General Admission (available at the door and at
All proceeds from this concert will be donated to World Relief Durham, whose mission is to help refugees and immigrants integrate and thrive in the Triangle.

Daniel Elder – A Breathing Peace
text by Rumi

Dan Forrest – Himenami (The Divine Wave)
in memory of the victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan

Jake Runestad – Let my love be heard
in memory of the victims of the 2015 terrorist bombings in Paris

Donald McCulloch – Is not a flower a mystery?
Rabbi Chaim Stern text on man’s inhumanity to man amid God’s constant grace

Kim André Arnesen – Even when he is silent
text from the wall of a concentration camp in World War II
premiered after terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya

Fred Hellerman & Fran Minkoff, arr. Herbert Haufrecht – Healing River
written by members of The Weavers, an American folk group

David L. Brunner – Cloth of Glory
in honor of all who were victims or were affected by the September 11 attack, dedicated to “all those who rise from the ashes”

Gwyneth Walker, arr. – Every night (when the sun goes down)
Appalachian tune about the transcendence of faith over sorrow

Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory, arr. – Ain’t no grave can hold my body down
based on gospel music from the American South

Arnesen – Infinity
a haunting text written by David Roberts, who writes about war and peace

Runestad – We can mend the sky
text from a 14-year-old East African immigrant and 2 Somali proverbs

“VAE is made up of some of the finest voices in the Triangle. They are chosen by Wynkoop based on ability, musicality, and the best possible blend of vocal qualities. His rehearsals are always focused and disciplined, a great pleasure, and often fun. Concerts of superior choral quality such as what was experienced in Duke Chapel this evening are the consequence of all of this. How fortunate we are!– Ken Hoover, CVNC

Interior of Duke University Chapel

The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham was founded in 1996 by Rodney Wynkoop to provide superior choral performance opportunities for outstanding singers in North Carolina’s Triangle region (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). Its 32 members are selected mainly from among musicians who have sung in other choral groups under Dr. Wynkoop’s direction. VAE’s mostly a cappella repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present.

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