In response to violence inflicted by autocratic Russia upon its imperfect yet legitimate neighboring democracy of Ukraine, we yield to the distinguished voice of the Honorable Martin Kimani, UN Representative from the Republic of Kenya.
Every sentence vibrates with the sort of intelligence, diplomatic balance and wisdom sorely lacking over the past six months as wounds along the Russian & Ukrainian border have inflamed and festered.
And the glorious Boston Camerata makes the following offering, that we echo in thought and song:
As a fratricidal war begins in Eastern Europe, we return once again to the story of David and Absalom. In this stark, powerful setting by Boston’s William Billings (1746-1800) the immediate point of reference is America’s War of Independence. Both Billings’ music and the Biblical text, however, speak to the current dark moment. A special thought to those of us in our American musical community – and there are several – with family/ancestral roots in Ukraine and/or Russia.