1 Week To Go!

It hit me today that in exactly one week, Westminster Choir will be setting sails for the south! I am both excited and a little nervous. My friend Maggie [a soprano in the choir] and I have agreed to be bus buddies for the extremely long ride down from Princeton to our first stop, Johnson City, TN. I will be doing a lot of knitting, listening to my iPod, and of course, sleeping. Yesterday I bought a new camera lens and camera bag and I have been looking over my music. For those of you interested, here is our tour program:

Light of a Clear Blue Morning
I – Ancient Voices
Gloria in Excelsis Deo………………………………………………………………..Thomas Weelkes(c. 1575-1623)
Heilig ist der Herr……………………………………………………………Andreas Hammerschmidt(1612-1675)

II – Ancient Texts
Priidite, poklonimsia from All-Night Vigil, Op. 37……………..……………………Sergei Rachmaninoff
(1873-1943)
Taaveti laul Nr. 104 (Psalm 104)……..…………………………………………………Cyrillus Kreek(1889-1962)
Lighten mine eyes (Psalm 13)………………………………………………………………..Bo Hansson(1943-2010)
Svéte tihiy…………………………………………………………………….Alexandre Gretchaninoff(1864-1956)

III – Passion
Seven Last Words from the Cross……………………………………………………………Daniel Elder(b. 1986)

Long Road………………………………………………………………………………Eriks Esenvalds(b. 1977)

IV – Love’s Influence
Five Romantic Miniatures from The Simpsons (excerpts)………………………………….Paul Crabtree(b. 1960)
1. You know
3. Marge
5. Marge, I need you

V – Childhood Memories
Of Crows and Clusters………………………………………………………………Norman Dello Joio(1913-2008)

VI – Love and Light
White Stones……………………………………………………………………………Thomas LaVoy(b. 1990)
Light of a Clear Blue Morning………………………………….Dolly Parton/arr. Craig Hella Johnson
(b. 1946/b. unknown)

VII – Spirit Songs
Any How……………………………………………………………………arr. Evelyn La Rue Pittman(1910-1992)
Battle of Jericho………………………………………………………………………arr. Moses Hogan (1957-2001)

I urge you to youtube some of the music and get acquainted with it. Concerts are more exciting when you know some of the music and are exposed to things you haven’t yet heard. I will just be relaxing in central New York for the next few days, then back to Princeton. I am sure this last week before tour is going to fly by! Can’t wait!

About Westminster Choir

Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a center for music study in Princeton, N.J.
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