Children of God oratorio collection / by Hutchins Library.


Children of God oratorio collection / by Hutchins Library.

The oratorio was originated in 1952 by Berea College faculty member Clara Chassell Cooper to help mark the college's upcoming 100th anniversary. She envisioned giving a modern voice to the tradition of putting biblical texts to music by basing the oratorio on texts from the then recently published Revised Standard Version of the Bible. This choral work was commissioned in 1956 by Berea College and the National Council of Churches (USA). The composer was Normand Lockwood. A specially created Berea College Oratorio Choir first performed the work the following year. Part 1was presented on both February 1 and 2, 1957 at the Cincinnati Music Hall, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and guest soloists. The entire oratorio was performed on May 15, 1957 at Union Church in Berea with guest soloists and members of the Louisville Orchestra.

4.2 linear feet (8 manuscript boxes and 1 oversized box)


SNAC Resource ID: 7211461

Berea College, Hutchins Library

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