American composer Gwyneth Walker’s music is “beloved for its energy, beauty, reverence and drama” and certainly I thank you God for most this amazing day is no exception. Set to the poem by e.e.cummings, this piece expresses the grandeur and vastness of the universe and the feeling of gratitude we have each morning as we awaken to a new day. The women from PolyPhonics will join Canzona to close the program in singing this piece, and with 51 voices on stage, this is sure to be a stirring end to an afternoon of wonderful music. Listen to a recording of the poet reading his poem here.
Joan Szymko is one of my favorite composers and we’re delighted to feature her musical interpretation of the poem Wynken, Blynken and Nod on our concert highlighting the music of women composers. We enjoyed singing maggie and milly and molly and may our first season, and last fall we performed her Nada te turbe on text by Saint Teresa de Avila with the women from Soli Deo Gloria. You can read more about Joan Szymko here.
Ms. Szymko has set this charming text by Eugene Field with elegance and finesse. Each voice in the ensemble has a chance to sparkle, and you can easily hear the wind ruffling the waves and the little wooden shoe rocking the fisherman three! You’ll be enchanted by this lovely lullaby and we look forward to sharing it with you.
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.