Embark on a profound musical journey with Kim Andre Arnesen's The Stranger. This extraordinary work was crafted to raise awareness for the plight of refugees worldwide, shedding light on their stories, struggles, and resilience. Commissioned by the Together in Hope project, whose mission is changing lives through music with a purpose, this work focuses the power of music on issues of our shared humanity. Using religious texts from the worlds major religions and first-person immigrant poetry, The Stranger serves as a call to action, compelling us to confront the challenges faced by millions of individuals displaced from their homes.
We are excited to welcome Negin Khwalpak, an Afghan conductor, who will conduct a movement of this large new work with orchestra. Presented in partnership with Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA), members of the Arlington Chorale and its youth ensemble, Performers With Purpose, have been working with local refugees over the past year. Help us welcome new members of our community as we find a common language through music, a language that transcends borders, cultures, and circumstances.