A requiem is historically a mass for the dead, but composer Steven Sametz says "A Child's Requiem" is something different. It's a musical message of consolation. The work is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and premieres this week in Connecticut. Sametz weaves in words of American writers and poetry and short lines of text written by children. "I thought it was important to give voice to that peer group most affected at Sandy Hook," he said. "I got terrific responses from around the country, some incredibly touching about how children grieve. And I wanted that to be the center of this child’s requiem."
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced that it will phase out its elephant acts by 2018. The circus’s parent company, Feld Entertainment, has cited “growing public concern about how the animals are treated” as the impetus for the decision. Elephants have been used in the circus for over a century, and have become iconic since P.T. Barnum purchased Jumbo in 1882 for $10,000 from the London Zoo. And yet, Kathy Maher, Executive Director of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport...
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