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rbccspringconcertposter2015Red Bank Regional music teacher Kristopher Zook conducts a multi-generational assembly of voices in the world premiere of his original work VOICES OF CHANGE, Thursday at RBR. 

It’s an ambitious work that represents the human journey in song; one that draws from the words of poets, philosophers and public figures from Confucius, Ben Franklin and Winston Churchill, to Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. It’s Voices of Change, an original oratorio composed by Red Bank area music educator Kristopher L. Zook — and it will be heard by a public audience for the first time this Thursday, May 21.

A presentation of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School, the oratorio will be conducted by RBR faculty member Zook during the world premiere concert at the school auditorium. For the 7 pm event, the composer will be joined by a chamber orchestra, an allstar assembly of high school choirs and festival choirs, and special guest soloists from Kean University and NYC’s Metropolitan Opera.

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zookPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm, the voices of several generations will join together in song, as the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) hosts the world premiere of Voices of Change, an oratorio composed and conducted by RBR music teacher Kristopher Zook. The event features the voices of numerous high school choirs and area festival choirs as well as the Count Basie Theatre Central Jersey Youth Chorale, with special solo performances by Metropolitan Opera singer Jeremy Galyon and Kean University voice professor Katherine Harris.

A multi-generational choral work with a chamber orchestra, Voices incorporates texts by poets, philosophers, political figures and authors including Confucius, Euripides, Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, Chief Seathl, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and more.

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