San Francisco Lyric Chorus Spring 2018 Auditions: Britten, Vaughan Williams, Whitacre, Gjeilo, Esenvalds & more
The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our exciting Spring 2018 trimester. We have openings in all parts, especially for Altos, Tenors and Basses. We know all choristers will enjoy singing this delightful and varied program.
Program: Between Earth And Sky: Songs Of Nature And Humanity
Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb (Christopher Smart) * Spring Carol (Ceremony of Carols) (William Cornysh)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Linden Lea (William Barnes)
Eric Whitacre: The Seal Lullaby (Rudyard Kipling)
Ola Gjeilo: Tundra * Across The Vast, Eternal Sky (Charles Silvestri)
Eriks Esenvalds: The Cloud (Sara Teasdale) * My Song (Rabindranath Tagore)
Norman Dello Joio: A Jubilant Song (Walt Whitman)
Charles Villiers Stanford: Chillingham * The Blue Bird (Mary Coleridge)
Z. Randall Stroope: In Time Of Silver Rain (Langston Hughes) * The Pasture (Robert Frost)
Join us for our Spring 2018 season of beautiful music and gorgeous poetry as we celebrate nature and humanity!
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Rejoice in the Lamb and Spring Carol
One of England’s 20th century giants in terms of compositions, Benjamin Britten sets selected texts from 18th Century English poet Christopher Smart’s (1722-1771) long poem, Jubilate Agno (Rejoice in the Lamb). You’ll meet a cat, a mouse, beautiful flowers, musical instruments, and Biblical figures, all celebrating the nature of God in all things. Britten sets the words of English Renaissance composer and actor William Cornysh’s (ca. 1465-1523) Spring Carol, a delightful poem about the joys of Spring, one of a series of poems in Britten’s beloved Ceremony of Carols.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: (1872-1958): Linden Lea
The other major 20th century English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams sets the words of Dorset poet, writer, philologist, and Church of England priest, William Barnes (1801-1886) in this beautiful poem describing a field or meadow in rural Dorset in southeast England. The song is one of Vaughan Williams most popular compositions.
Eric Whitacre (1970- ): The Seal Lullaby.
One of the most popular contemporary American composers, Eric Whitacre is a chameleon composer in that he composes in a variety of styles. Whitacre composes an achingly lovely setting for the introductory verse to English author, poet, and children’s writer Rudyard Kipling’s (1865-1936) The White Seal, one of the tales in The Jungle Book.
Ola Gjeilo (1978- ): Tundra and Across The Vast, Eternal Sky
Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo collaborates with American poet Charles Silvestri (ca. 1965- ) on two poems about nature. Tundra, for women’s voices, describes the treeless Norwegian plains of granite and snow. The last line of this poem is the first line of Across The Vast, Eternal Sky, which is the story of the Phoenix, the mythical bird that rises out of flames and ashes.
Eriks Esenvalds (1977- ) The Cloud and My Song
Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds sets The Cloud, a magical nature poem by American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), about being a cloud. Teasdale loved to look at the sky, the stars, the clouds, and the vast heavens. My Song is a text by the great Indian/Bengali poet/short-story writer/compose/playwright, and painter Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). It speaks to how his song, the song of his heart, goes with you and will be with you even when he is no longer here. Esenvalds composed this work for the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.
Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008): A Jubilant Song
Pulitzer Prize winning American composer, pianist and organist Norman Dello Joio exuberantly sets a text adapted from Walt Whitman’s (1819-1892) A Song of Joys, expressing delight in life and nature.
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924): Chillingham and The Blue Bird
Irish composer, music teacher, and conductor Charles Villiers Stanford is known especially for his lyrical part songs, as well his beautiful church anthems. In addition, he was a teacher of such major English composers as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, John Ireland, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Stanford sets two pastoral poems by the English novelist, essayist, and poet, Mary Coleridge (1861-1907). She was the great-grand niece of the English poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Z. Randall Stroope (1953- ): In Time Of Silver Rain and The Pasture
American composer, Oklahoma State University Music Professor, and conductor Z. Randall Stroope sets a joyous poem, In Time of Silver Rain by the African-American poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967) about the coming of Spring. In addition, he lovingly sets the text of San Francisco native Robert Frost’s (1874-1963) gentle poem, The Pasture.