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Composition Spotlight: Let The Children Play (and Learn in Peace) - for Newtown

(Each week we look at a piece of useful repertoire from the ChoralNet Community Composition Showcase.  A variety of voicings and levels of difficulty will be presented.  Enjoy!)
  by David Avshalomov (click for PDF and AUDIO)
Level: All
Uses: General Concert Use
Program Themes: Commemorating Loss, Community, Healing Through Music
This Piece Would Program Well With: Hands United in Peace 2-part by Irv Rothenberg available from JWPepper  and Sheet Music Plus  (There is an SATB version but it is out of print)
Have you used music to bring healing to your community?  How do we as choral musicians balance our need for artistic expression and the needs of our singers and our audience?  Did you have your choir put on a special concert after Newtown?   Columbine?  9/11? Join the discussion in the Composers of Choral Music Community on this topic (must join to comment) or comment here. 
This week's Composition Spotlight is shining on David Avshalomov's recent work Let the Children Play (and Learn in Peace). It was not written in response to Newtown, but as in so many creative endeavors, synchronicity had David working on the piece simultaneously.  It could be used in a concert designed to give honor to those who were lost and would help audiences deal with their emotions about this national tragedy.  Avshalomov sets the perfect tone with simple childlike beauty and lyrical melody.  
Did you know you can find the Composition Showcase by adding /showcase to the base ChoralNet URL The best works of over 50 composers are displayed by voicing.