Reaching for the Light

Taylor Festival Choir
Second Presbyterian Church
342 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Event date: 
16 Jan 2022
Start Time: 
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
Robert Taylor

The Taylor Festival Choir celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend with a choral concert at 4:00pm, January 16, 2022 at Second Presbyterian Church entitled “Reaching for the Light,” featuring four powerful choral works that focus on the struggle for freedom and equality. 

The concert’s feature work is “His Light Still Shines,” a choral cantata celebrating King’s life and impact on the world written by the late, great American composer Moses Hogan. Other works are:

Nolemtiba by Peteris Plakidis—a work which metaphorically tells the story of the Baltic nations)

Everyday Wonders: the Girl from Aleppo—a cantata which tells the story of Nujeen Mustafa, the Kurdish girl with cerebral palsy who travelled 3500 miles by wheelchair to Germany to escape Syrian Civil War

Movements from Considering Matthew Shepard—a choral work honoring Matthew Shepard, whose murder in 1998 brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation at both the state and federal level. 

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