"Mother's Lament" Explores The Pain Of Losing A Son To Violence | WYPR

"Mother's Lament" Explores The Pain Of Losing A Son To Violence

Sep 16, 2016

(left) Vincent Dion Stringer, (right) James Lee III, composers of "Mother's Lament"
Credit Mother's Lament

Mother’s Lament: So Many Names Unknown, So Many Sons Lost, a new oratorio being performed at Morgan State University explores the tragic homicide epidemic in Baltimore. Homicide is the national leading cause of death for black males ages 15-34. The piece is in response to last year's uprising and seeks to acknowledge and console the grieving families and communities that have lost sons to violence. Composers James Lee, III and Vincent Dion Stringer join Tom in the studio to talk about Mother's Lament.  Dr. Lee is on the faculty at Morgan State and Mr. Stringer heads the university's Opera Department.

Mother’s Lament: So Many Names Unknown, So Many Sons Lost premieres tomorrow night at the Gilliam Concert Hall in the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University. Julien Benichou conducts the Mid-Atlantic Orchestra with soprano Marquita Lister, bass-baritone, Robert Cantrell, and the renowned Morgan State University Choir, the Boys Choir of Powhatan, Singing Sensations Youth Choir, and singers from several HBCU choruses.  The concert begins at 8:00pm. For tickets click here.