Hello, everyone, and welcome to our Fall choral concert: New and Nostaglic. We have a wealth of wonderful choral repertoire to share with you today, with a focus on newly composed, arranged, or edited pieces, most of which have a nostalgic core. For example, works originally composed by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Pete Seeger receive fresh musical treatments that shed new light on these big hits from the 1960s, while Larry Shackley’s setting of Scarborough Fair brings this timeless classic back to life. Eric Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon takes a familiar bedtime story by Margaret Wise Brown and sets it to beautiful original music that will inspire comforting memories to many of you, while David Sasso’s Night, with a text by William Blake, also features a poem that calms one for a peaceful sleep before bed. Susan LaBarr’s We Remember Them, Pinkzebra’s Fly Away Home, and Natalie Hemby’s Crowded Table remind us of loved ones past and present and celebrate the comfort of homes and families held deeply and dearly in our hearts. Vida’s Famine Song expresses the pain and hope experienced by Sudanese basket weavers during the 1980s famine, and the brand-new edition of Naumann’s Der 96. Psalm resurrects a forgotten gem of historic music that expresses optimism, glory, and joy. The choirs have worked diligently to prepare this concert for you today, and we hope you enjoy the fruits of our labors.
Cantilena Women’s Choir: