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Mastersingers Join With East Side Church For Anti-Apartheid Classic

San Antonio Mastersingers
San Antonio Mastersingers

The San Antonio Mastersingers are tackling a classic. This one might not be familiar to everyone, but is a classic because of what it’s about.

“It’s actually a very little-performed piece, called ‘Lost in the Stars,’ by Kurt Weill.”

John Silantien conducts the San Antonio Mastersingers.

“It sort of traces this anti-apartheid tragedy in South Africa.  And we’ve also invited a number of singers from St. Phillip's College to join us. So the piece involves a black choir and a white choir.”

The piece, based on the famed novel of the same name by Alan Paton, seems to have all the ingredients for an emotional afternoon.

"Yeah, absolutely. The choir is so into it. Every rehearsal has gotten more and more intense. With the music depicting this train going to Johannesburg. ‘Clink-clink, clackety…”

(Click "listen" above to hear the song he's talking about)

Human Rights Lawyer Shannon Sedgwick Davis describes the concert this way.

“...in a lot of ways, it’s a story of hope, and we don’t often get to see that. And I feel like this concert will present that in a beautiful way.”

It all happens Sunday, November 23 in a very appropriate place.

“The concert will be at the Antioch Baptist Church and it starts at 3 p.m.” 

We’ve more on the concert here here.