Sunday, October 21, 2007 @ 3pm - Salem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud
in collaboration with Cantabile & Choristers girls' choirs
Fauré – Requiem
Jeanie Brindley-Barnett – Butterfly Songs – with Cantabile
Settings of poems by children imprisoned in Terezín during the Holocaust, which are also published in a collection called I Never Saw Another Butterfly; composer is a Twin Cities' resident.
Friday & Saturday, December 14-15, 2007 @ 6:30
St. John's University: Great Hall, Collegeville
Featuring: Jennifer Higdon – "Deep in the Night"
Morton Laurdisen – "Dirait-on"
Rhythm & Song
Sunday, March 16, 2008 @ 3pm -
Ritsche Auditorium, St. Cloud State University
in collaboration with Terry Vermillion & SCSU Percussion Ensemble
Luigi Dallapiccola – Canti di Prigionia (1938-41)
Written as a response/protest to the racial laws proclaimed by Mussolini and similar to those in Nazi Germany; sets Latin texts by people imprisoned as political enemies, betrayed and sentenced in sham trials, and executed: Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots), Boethius (6th-c. philosopher), and Girolamo Savonarola (15th-c. monk who promoted reforms in the Church). Throughout each movement, the melody of "Dies irae, dies illa," from the Requiem or Mass for the Dead is woven into the instrumental parts, making a connection between the Day of Judgment and the events of Dallapiccola's time.
Darius Milhaud – scene from Les choéphores (1915-16)
Setting of Paul Claudel's translation of Aeschylus's Orestia; narrator (Electra), spoken chorus & percussion portray the violence, followed by a sung "Hymn to Justice." The Choéphori ("libation bearers") bring sacramental drink to Agamemnon's tomb.
Michael Udow – African Welcome Song
Rosephanye Powell – A Yoruba Greeting
Songs of War and Peace
Sunday, May 4, 2008 @ 3pm - St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Cloud
premiere: Judith Shatin – Songs of War and Peace (new version with orchestra) Judith will be here for a residency, rehearsals, & outreach leading up to the concert.
Gwyneth Walker - A Testament to Peace (2004-6; orch 2006-7)
Felix Mendelssohn - Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich (Da nobis pacem, Domine) (1831 )
collaboration with Visual Arts Minnesota (student art contest/exhibit) & links with peace organizations in the area
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