On Sunday, August 24, the internationally recognized conductor/composer Charles Zachary Bornstein will present “A Symphonic Mount Rushmore,” a lecture and multimedia demonstration about his new symphony, Clarion Calls, composed in honor of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The presentation will be given at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library in East Dennis, MA, beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
Bornstein’s magnificent new symphonic work Clarion Calls incorporates, against a full symphonic orchestra, dramatic narration of Kennedy’s and King's urgent pleas for world peace and alleviation of global suffering. In the words of the composer, “the speeches of JFK and MLK, Jr. are the
lore and poetry of the struggle for freedom in the 20th Century, both at home and around the world. My new composition is a tribute to these two great leaders.” Bornstein will describe how he was inspired to write this work in the early years of his career.
The first version of Clarion Calls, then titled Symphony John Fitzgerald Kennedy/Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memoriam, premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1980 and was met with acclaim. Later, it was recorded and televised nationwide by PBS. Portions of the original broadcast will be played for the library audience along with excerpts from the revised score. In the early recording, prominent actors of the period, William Devane who starred as JFK in The Missiles of October and the late Paul Winfield who starred as MLK, Jr. in the NBC three-part television movie King, performed the dramatic readings against the orchestral score.
After three decades of composing and conducting great music around the world---from New York to Newfoundland, Austria, and Israel----Bornstein revisited and revised the work substantially. He has just completed the undertaking and is preparing for the world premiere ofClarion Calls in 2015. The artistic and historical significance of Clarion Calls makes it a natural candidate for touring in the United States and abroad as we celebrate the 50-year anniversaries of milestones in the Civil Rights Movement.
Clarion Calls is of particular significance for Cape Cod audiences. President-elect Kennedy delivered his victory speech in Hyannis on November 9, 1960, ten minutes from the family’s summer home in Hyannis Port that served as JFK's “Summer White House." Martin Luther King, Jr. spent Thanksgiving and Christmas
on Cape Cod in 1955. Like future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, soprano Marian Anderson, and others who could not rent elsewhere on the Cape at this time, King rented a cottage in Hyannis from the civil rights activist Eugenia Fortes, known as “The Rosa Parks of Cape Cod.”
John Allen, Executive Director of the JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation, and John Reed, President of Zion Union Heritage Museum, will be on hand to welcome the composer. The JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy and his family, and their deep connections to Cape Cod. The Zion Union Heritage Museum celebrates the African-American and Cape Verdean population, as well as other ethnic and demographic diversity, in the Town of Barnstable and on Cape Cod.
Seating for this event is limited. Please call 508.385.8151 to reserve.