A CHORAL QUILT OF HOPE: THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
“A Choral Quilt of Hope” is an adaptation by Susan Suntree of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, on 10 December – forever after Human Rights Day around the world. Inspired by an essay by Ford Roosevelt in her book Wisdom of the East about the origins of this magnificent document, Suntree adapted the UN’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rightsas a poem, which award winning composer Adrienne Albert subsequently set to music for choirs and piano.
On January 22 and 23, 2020, The Concord Chorale in Concorde, New Hampshire, presented the Preamble in a virtual concert that honored women composers and human rights. They will present a premiere of the complete composition with orchestral accompaniment later in 2021.
It has been given numerous performances at Human Rights Day events including the One Light interfaith celebration on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall (September 2011). The American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA presented a beautiful and emotional performance of the composition as the opening event of their Human Rights Week.
Like a Quilt of Hope, the singing of this document brings its message to people in the unique way that art communicates with the human spirit, connecting people across these United States and around the world. Singing these profound words will weave the Declaration into cultural awareness making it accessible, understandable, and beloved by all.
“A Choral Quilt of Hope: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:” Text adaptation; choral work by composer Adrienne Albert (www.adriennealbert.com). Performances: Concord Chorale, (Concord, New Hampshire), Virtual Concert, Preamble (2021), “A Choral Quilt of Hope,” American Jewish University’s Human Rights Week (2013); “Preamble,” One Light: An Ecumenical Commemoration of 9/11, Los Angeles City Hall (2011); “Preamble,” All Pasadena High School Choir, Pasadena Human Rights Day (2010); “Preamble,” Walter Hoving Home for Women Choir, Pasadena Human Rights Day (2009); “Preamble:” Canterbury Choir, All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena (2008); “Preamble:” LA Children’s Chorale, Pasadena Human Rights Day (2008); Spoken and Sung version, Beyond Baroque Literary Center Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2008).