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When Justice Reigns
for Mixed Choir with Divisi
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Sherwood, Oregon - 2016) - 5:30
Janine Applegate, poet
Commissioned by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College for the Linfield College Concert Choir
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When Justice Reigns for Mixed Choir with Divisi (2016) was commissioned by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College for the Linfield College Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Anna Song, who premiered the work on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium (McMinnville, Oregon).

Linfield College alumna Janine Applegate wrote her poem, When Justice Reigns, for this project on the theme of social justice. In it, she highlights our commonality and interconnectedness with others, while also mourning how hatred unravels the cloth of our society. To support these ideas musically, the song begins with a simple, unified texture, reminiscent of older hymns and protest songs. The stark middle section is built upon chanted pitches in the tenor and bass voices, while the unsettling upper voices mourn the lack of peace. During this section, the performers may highlight social justice issues that are especially important to them.

I am grateful for additional artistic support from: Faun Tiedge, the student performers in the Linfield College Concert Choir, Brian and Kaisa Amer.

-- Notes by Andrea Reinkemeyer

When Justice Reigns
One common life all creatures share; one origin, one common birth,
One sky, one source of light, one air: one journey on one kindred earth.

One passage to this world we take and through one portal we depart.
In every dream, and when we wake, we share the beating of one heart.

We will not taste true wealth until the least is clothed and warm and fed,
Or rest in peace, secure and still, while others do not have a bed.

Where hatred dwells, there is no peace; the wounds are borne by everyone
For we are woven of one piece: of many threads the cloth is spun.

When justice reigns, its battle won, and warfare ends and hearts are free,
Then every voice shall sing as one, in hope and love and harmony.

-- Janine Applegate

Copyright © 2016 Janine Applegate.
Used by permission of Janine Applegate.

In the News

Linfield College Choir Concert Raises their Voices to Promote Peace
by MICKAYLA - BAY WASHINGTON
The Linfield Review - October 24, 2016 (Link)

Human voices bring work to life
by STARLA POINTER
Yamhill Valley News Register - October 20, 2016 (link)

World premiere, social justice highlight Linfield choral concert
by LAURA DAVIS
Linfield News, 11 October, 2016 - (Link)

Professors, alumna collaborate on original choral work
by ELIZABETH STOEGER, Staff Writer
Linfield Review, 10 October, 2016 - (Link)

Performances:
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Premiere Performance:

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 4:00 p.m.
Linfield College Concert Choir
Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall (McMinnville, OR)
Free (More information)

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