A Child of Our Time is an oratorio written by British Composer Sir Michael Tippett. This moving work was begun just after Britain entered World War II in 1939 and was completed in 1941.

The inspiration was the assassination of a German Official by a 17 year old Jewish boy and the resulting pogroms against the Jewish population.

It is as pertinent today as it was during the War as it emphasizes the experiences of the oppressed, with a pacifist message of understanding and reconciliation.

It is performed in a three part format similar to Handels Messiah and utilizes a narration in the form of recitatives. The work is anchored by beautiful arrangements of several African American spirituals including Steal Away and Deep River.

Concerts will be held at the College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Building (8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata) on Saturday, June 9th at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 10th at 3:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased on line at chesapeakechoral.com. Click on the poster of the concert and it will take you to the area to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door on the days of the concerts for the same price. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students, seniors, and military.