Music about animals - program will include Eric Whitacre's Animal Crackers (fun settings of Ogden Nash poetry), Passereau's Il est bel et bon (Renaissance motet with onomatopoeia of chickens clucking), Trent Worthington's arrangement of The Beatles' Blackbird, and others. A light and fun program for spring.
A concert program focusing on texts and lyricists, rather than on the composers. Poets will include E. Pauline Johnson (in a setting by Christine Donkin), Pablo Neruda (set by American composer Shawn Kirchner), Shakespeare (settings by Charles Wood, Bob Chilcott, Ward Swingle), and others.
The concert will include a collaboration between Deepak Paramashivan, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology at the U of A, and i Coristi. Deepak will perform on the sarangi - a small bowed string instrument of India and Nepal, with 3 playing strings and about 36 sympathetically vibrating strings. It's a relatively rare instrument to hear - often when we think of Indian classical music we think of sitar and tabla, but it has a much more voice-like, melodious quality.
Meeting Places 1 is the first in a series of concerts that explore intersections between choral music and other areas in which choirs don't work very often. Future concerts could be collaborations with dancers, live painters, slam poets, jazz groups, Indigenous musicians, pop artists... This concert will be a great first installment of this new initiative.