OF PERPETUAL SOLACE
A poetic work for full orchestra and 300-voice chorus acknowledging grief, loss, love and resilience
on the eve of the 26th anniversary of the April 19, 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City.
Presented with visual projections and without pause, the 45-minute piece, commissioned by Canterbury Voices
from Oklahoma composer Edward Knight and librettist M.J. Alexander, creates an ethereal sound world
of remembrance and reflection, embracing the pulse of time and storm of emotions to progress
toward an embrace of comfort, hope and serenity. The closing notes linger with echos
of the continuing breath of life, and the hope of peace and perpetual solace.
The world premiere, postponed twice out of pandemic precautionary measures, has been rescheduled for May 16, 2021 in Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall.