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The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan)

By Greg Bartholomew

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Choir, SATB - Intermediate
Composed by Greg Bartholomew. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Repertoire, Recital. Octavo. With 2014-06-22. 16 pages. Burke & Bagley #BB708. Published by Burke & Bagley (S0.18903).

Item Number: S0.18903

The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan), for unaccompanied SATB choir (Duration: 6:40), is a setting of excerpts from United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture. The lecture text is Copyright by The Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, 2001, and is used by permission. A "Back to School 2015" feature. "The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan)" was premiered by the William & Mary Choir, under the direction of Dr. Constance DeFotis, at the College of William & Mary's Charter Day celebration on February 8, 2003. "It's a message of desperate significance," Dr. DeFotis said of the piece. College President Timothy Sullivan called the performance "brilliant and beautiful." Mark Boyle of Millersville University calls the piece "a love letter to a possible world in which we care for the least of us and love without fear."The piece was also selected as a Finalist in the 2003 Briar Cliff University New Choral Music Competition, where it was performed in concert on May 2, 2003, by the Briar Cliff University Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Mark Simmons. "It is a very, very powerful piece!" says Brenda C. Kayne, director of the Euphonia! choir in Overland Park, Kansas.Connecticut Choral Artists (Concora) included "The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan)" on their CD entitled "Songs & Stories of Liberation." Watch a video performance here: .

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