Concert

Saturday, May 10, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, 2014 4:00 p.m.

St Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Program Highlights Heart-Spells (PWC commission) by Mark Winges; Green Music (PWC commission) by Kirke Mechem; Quant j’ai ouy le tabourin by William Brown; Tango in 5 by Sandra Milliken; Famine Song by Vida, arr. Matthew Culloton.

This spring, get ready for not one, but TWO new commissions! The Peninsula Women's Chorus casts Heart-Spells, a world premiere by San Francisco composer Mark Winges. We are also introducing to our palette Green Music by Kirke Mechem, recently premiered at the New Music for Treble Voices Festival in March.

The Latin phrase describing dance (pede terram pulso) translates as "strike the earth with the foot." We explore this concept with tango-inspired music and a choreographed performance of Famine Song, inspired by stories of Sudanese basket weavers praying for rain. We bring forth the voices of the earth with selections by American composers Stephen Paulus, Ron Jeffers, and Brian Holmes, as well as an original composition honoring the African American spiritual tradition. Come indulge your hunger for beautiful, lush music!

Arrive before 4:00 pm for a puzzle hunt exploring our music!



CompositionComposer/ArrangerNotes
The Earth SingsStephen Paulus 1949-Daybreak , Sea and Sky, Wind and Sun
Green MusicKirke Mechem 1925-composed in 2013; commissioned by the PWC
Heart Spells: 1. Spell to Be Said upon WakingMark Winges 1951-composed in 2013
Heart Spells: 2. Spell to Be Said Before SleepMark Winges 1951-composed in 2013
O Sonne, o Sonne (from Zwölf Gesänge)Gustav Jenner 1865-1920
Ich sah ein lichtes Wölkchen (from Zwölf Gesänge)Gustav Jenner 1865-1920
Ich will ein Haus mir bauen (from Zwölf Gesänge)Gustav Jenner 1865-1920
O Sapoarr: Stephen HatfieldBrazilian folk
Tango in 5Sandra Milliken 1961-composed in 2003
Quant j’ai ouy le tabourinWilliam Brown 1962-composed in 2004
Dos CantosRon Jeffers 1943-Music and Poetry Project. composed in 1999
Famine SongVida
arr: Matthew Culloton
composed in 2011
Joshuaarr: Paul Caldwell/Sean IvoryPaul Cladwell & Sean Ivory composers. Composed in 2009
Let Evening ComeBrian Holmes 1946- poem by Jane Kenyon; composed in 1995