In October of 1963, shortly before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy made the following remarks at Amherst College on the subject of art.
“Our national strength matters, but the spirit which informs and controls our strength matters just as much. This was the special significance of Robert Frost… He saw poetry as the means of saving power from itself. When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.”
Join us in this musical dialogue for peace -- a dialogue of cultures that can help open the door to a new paradigm of friendship and peace through cooperation and development.
We’ll present a program of Spirituals, hymns and folk songs from many parts of the world, along with the Kyrie section of J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass and other classical works.