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Be Still and Know (1986)

Stephen Newby composed and conducted the Vocal Jazz and Afroamerican Ensemble in the gospel/jazz oratorio ‘Be Still and Know.’ With the direction of Roberta Uno, this performance stages the space of the church, and the choir’s voices, as site for political discussion on identity matters, given that the multicultural and multiracial ensemble melts musically in harmony. The chorus ‘be still and know that I am God,’ is not only a calling on people and children to put their faith and trust in God, but mostly an invitation to learning and sharing through voices, music, and sound.


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  • Title: Be Still and Know
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:56:33
  • Language: English
  • Date: 26 Oct 1986
  • Location: University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Type-Format: concert
  • Cast: Featuring Vocal Jazz and Afroamerican Ensemble
  • Credits: Composer, arranger, and conductor: Stephen M. Newby, Director and producer: Roberta Uno Thelwell, Videographer/editor: Joel Saxe

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