All is Calm

December 19, 2007.By Quinton Skinner, City Pages

A battlefield during World War I (or any war, for that matter) is one hell of a place to spend Christmas Eve. This new work by Peter Rothstein, with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach, depicts events on the Western Front in 1914. When a young German soldier steps into "No Man's Land" and begins singing "Stille Nacht," a night of music, a measure of brotherhood, and a fragile peace emerges. Rothstein based All Is Calm on real events, and here he brings his Theater Latte Da into a collaboration with the vocal ensemble Cantus. The tunes are new arrangements of European carols and songs sung during wartime. While it's unfortunate how often, and how much, we need a transcendent message of peace, this promises to be a work of beauty. For tickets call 651.209.6689. 
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