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‘Peace of Wild Things’ is spring concert theme


KENT— “The Peace of Wild Things” will be the theme for the Kent Singers’ spring concert March 10 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church.

The concert will feature Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb,” Randall Thomson’s “Frostiana,” and two pieces—”The Hope of Loving” and “The Peace of Wild Things”—by the young American composer Jake Runestad. 

Scottish poet Wendell Berry’s poem, “The Peace of Wild Things,” captures in its 11 lines the entire human condition, from agony and despair to peace, grace and freedom.

Runestad set it to music, along with six sacred poems in his collection, “The Hope of Loving.”

“Rejoice in the Lamb” is described as an unusual and creative musical setting of equally exotic text by the English poet and mystic Christopher Smart, including praise expressed by the poet’s cat, Jeoffrey.

“Frostiana,” a setting of seven of his most beloved poems, honors poet Robert Frost’s 150th birthday.

Tickets to the concert at the 1 N. Main St. church are $20  and can be obtained by clicking here, or at the door. 

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