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Choirs to perform “A Child of Our Time” and Faure's "Requiem" at spring concert

Leora Zeitlin

Sir Michael Tippett wrote his oratorio, “A Child of Our Time,” as a profound protest against the persecution of Jews during World War II, and the persecution of African-Americans in this country (the text declares, “pogroms in the East, lynchings in the West”). Conductor David Klement and baritone Antonio Quaranta, who will perform the work this weekend with the NMSU Choirs, say that Tippett’s powerful message about suffering and hope continues to resonate with listeners in our own day. They came to KRWG to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the work, as well as its companion piece on the program, Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.”