Premiere of "I Dream of Peace" Featured in Children's Chorus Concert at TTU

Probably all of us dream of someday being rid of wars, fighting and violence, but Robert Jager, professor of music at Tennessee Technological University, put those thoughts into music with his work "I Dream of Peace," to be performed during the Children's Chorus concert at Tennessee Tech at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The work, Jager's latest composition, is based on poems by children of the former Yugoslavia. The poetry tells of the difficult lives children lead in that country and how, through their suffering and loss of family and friends, they dream of peace. The work has been made possible through the cooperation of UNICEF and a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. "The poems that inspired this work are dramatic and heart rending," Jager said. "These kids have had to grow up in a hurry, and their writings make us wonder why such things have to be. "It's pretty devastating to read how these children have to face such horrible realities, and in the back of their minds, they dream that if they were President, 'balloons would shoot from cannons'. With this piece, I wanted to paste together these contrasting emotions." With works recognized internationally, Jager draws some of his inspiration from his experience as a music instructor in the Navy to write compositions about the soldiers and children and everyone affected by war. The concert is free and open to the public and will be held in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building. Linda Ferreira will direct. For more information, contact the music department at 372-3161. "I Dream of Peace" will be formally premiered in February during the American Choral Directors Association convention in Charleston, South Carolina. The Tennessee Tech Cumberland Quintet, conducted by John Dodson, will also perform.