We asked composer Bradley Ellingboe to tell us a bit about his composition That Passeth All Understanding for women’s ensemble, soprano solo and clarinet. ” I wrote the piece for the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble. It was premiered in the historic Loretto Chapel on a cold winter’s night that had a LOT of snow. There was talk of canceling the concert– and Santa Feans are pretty accustomed to snow. But, the show went on and it was a magical debut.” You can view the chapel here. The one time I visited Santa Fe, I went into the chapel and immediately knew it would be an inspiring place to sing. Perhaps someday Canzona can do just that! The piece was recently published and you can see and hear a sample of it here .
Ellingboe set his music to a poem by Denise Levertov published in her collection Oblique Prayers: New Poems (1984). “An awe so quiet, I don’t know when it began. A gratitude had begun to sing in me….”
This haunting piece will feature clarinetist Caroline Tobin and soprano soloist Chrystie Osborne.