A More Convenient Season

A More Convenient Season

Composed by Yotam Haber

“Yotam Haber has not only composed a monument to Birmingham’s civil rights legacy. He has made an important contribution to a larger body of works that focus on historic world events.” —Birmingham News

West Coast Premiere

Taking its title from a key phrase in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” internationally acclaimed composer Yotam Haber’s soaring, impassioned three-movement work for orchestra, chorus, four soloists, electronic sound and video commemorates watershed events of the Civil Rights Movement that took place in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963—in particular the fatal bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Haber’s immense 75-minute opus is performed by the CalArts Orchestra and Choral Ensemble under the direction of Mark Menzies, and accompanied by a live soundscape created by Philip White and a silent documentary directed by filmmaker David Peterson. The text of the oratorio incorporates writings by Dr. King as well as oral histories and FBI records from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Commissioned by architect and philanthropist Tom Blount. Co-produced by The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.

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SAT 1/25
8:30 pm
SUN 1/26
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff