A message from the composer, Kiko Argüello

Dear brothers and sisters: How could I presume to compose music? Is it my pride? Or my vanity? Be that as it may, an elderly priest once told me: “Never avoid doing good for fear of vanity, because that comes from the devil.”

To do good...” Is it good to try to compose music? I present to you a small musical composition, which I would like to be a homage to the suffering of the innocents. Can music, perhaps, say something more profound on such a significant theme...? The suffering of the innocents... The philosopher Sartre said: “Woe to the man whom the anger of God crushes against the wall,” and Nietzsche: “If God exists and does not help those who suffer, he is a monster, and if he cannot help them, he is not God, he does not exist.”

To be crushed against the wall. Men lying on the street, dying of cold. Children abandoned and housed in horrific orphanages, where they suffer violence and are abused. That woman, whom I knew in that neighborhood, suffering from Parkinson's disease, abandoned by her husband, whose mentally-ill son beat her with a stick, and was begging for alms. I was overwhelmed…

What a mystery the suffering of so many innocents who bear the sin of others: incest, a violence unheard of, that line of naked women and children going towards the gas chamber, and that deep pain of one of the guards who was hearing inside his heart a voice: get in line with them and go with them to die; and he did not know where that voice was coming from…

Many say that after the horror of Auschwitz it is no longer possible to believe in God. No! It is not true!

In this symphony, Mary is portrayed totally submitted to the scandal of the suffering of the innocents in her own flesh. “Oh, what pain!” a voice sings as a sword pierces her soul, united to all the mothers that watched their children being killed in the concentration camps, that wept while singing Shema Yisrael. We wish to offer this work as a bridge of love and reconciliation.

Composer

Kiko Argüello

Conductor

Pau Jorquera

Performed by

Orchestra and Choir of the Neocatechumenal Way

Performances

Boston

May 6 - 2:00pm

Symphony Hall


New York

May 8 - 8:00pm

Avery Fisher Hall


Chicago

May 14 - 7:00pm

Orchestra Hall at Chicago Symphony Center




We wish to offer this work as a bridge of love and reconciliation