The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 recounts an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together, sharing food and drink, playing soccer, singing carols and burying each other’s dead. In some places along the Western Front the truce lasted a single night, and in others it endured until New Year’s Day. This dramatic re-telling weaves together firsthand accounts by 30 World War I soldiers with music including patriotic tunes, trench songs and Christmas carols.
All is Calm Creators:
Erick Lichte (Arranger/ Music Director) has carved out a distinct niche in the vocal music world of North America. The Washington Post has hailed the “audacity” of his programming, the Chicago Tribune has noted the “meticulous preparation” of his choirs and Fanfare Magazine declared that he created and helmed “the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States.” As a founding member, singer and Artistic Director of the male vocal ensemble Cantus, Lichte created and sustained one of only two full-time vocal ensembles in the United States. Lichte has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, the Boston Pops, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Minnesota Orchestra. His work with Cantus garnered the 2009 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the highest honor for the professional choral organization Chorus America. As a choral conductor, Lichte has served as conductor for many professional, educational and amateur choral ensembles. In January of 2013, he began his tenure as Artistic Director of Leoni Men’s Choir based in Vancouver, BC. Lichte is also the director of the 70-voice Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon and enjoys an active life as a clinician and guest conductor throughout North America.
PETER ROTHSTEIN (Creator/Director)has directed 61 mainstage productions for Theater Latte Da, including 9 world premieres. Other recent collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, the Children's Theater Company, Minnesota Opera, the Illusion Theater, Ten Thousand Things and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater. He is the creator of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and Steerage Song-a new musical created in collaboration with Dan Chouinard. Recently, Peter was named the 2015 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune. He has previously been named Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender, and the Best Director by City Pages. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He holds a B. A. in Music and Theater from St. John's University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter-Rothstein.com
Timothy C. Takach (Arranger) Reviewed as “gorgeous” (Washington Post) and “stunning” (Lawrence Journal-World), the music of Timothy C. Takach is rapidly gaining momentum in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, Takach is a full-time composer and has received a number of commissions from various organizations including VocalEssence, the St. Olaf Band, Cantus, Pavia Winds, cellist Kirsten Whitson, Lorelei, The Rose Ensemble and the University of Notre Dame DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. His compositions have been performed on A Prairie Home Companion, The Boston Pops holiday tour, multiple All-State and festival programs and at venues such as the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center and Royal Opera House Muscat. Takach has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board and Meet the Composer, and yearly ASCAP awards since 2004. He studied Music Theory and Composition at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, where he graduated with honors. Takach lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.
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Spotlight Talk with Pervis Sawoski starting at 3:15 PM. Learn more here.
Theatre at The Broad Stage made possible in part by generous gifts from Bill & Laurie Benenson and Susan Stockel.
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 at The Broad Stage made possible in part by a generous gift from Linda & Michael Keston.