More than 100 perform in cantata ‘Waging Peace’

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD Waging PeaceThich Dao Quang of the Tam Bao Buddhist Temple rings a bell and sings at the CommUNITY concert hosted by the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge at Broadmoor Baptist Church on May 5. The event featured a cantata by Robert Kyr with lyrics based on words submitted by people in the Baton Rouge area about their experiences with violence and their desire for healing and peace.
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD Waging PeaceThich Dao Quang of the Tam Bao Buddhist Temple rings a bell and sings at the CommUNITY concert hosted by the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge at Broadmoor Baptist Church on May 5. The event featured a cantata by Robert Kyr with lyrics based on words submitted by people in the Baton Rouge area about their experiences with violence and their desire for healing and peace.

More than 100 singers from 20-plus Baton Rouge area church choirs performed “Waging Peace,” a cantata presented Sunday afternoon at Broadmoor Baptist Church.

The 23rd annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert was sponsored by the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge.

The composition, a five movement, 40-minute work, blended the words of area residents describing how violence has affected their lives, both personally and communally, into music written by composer Robert Kyr, a music professor at the University of Oregon.

It is the latest in a series of compositions Kyr has written, in collaboration with groups of peace-minded citizens, addressing peace and violence issues from the Holocaust to the attacks of 9-11.

Kyr and the Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade, director of the Interfaith Federation, will host focus group meetings on Monday, “where people can discuss what they can do to address the issues of violence, so meaningful action will result,” Kyr said.