Fiona Blackburn, Director
Cassie Luftspring, Assistant Director of Pacifica Singers
Eric Hominick, Collaborative Pianist
Join Pacifica Singers and guest ensemble Zephyra Women’s Choir for an evening of music inspired by nature, including beautiful settings of poetry that evoke evening and night by composers Brahms, Barber, Rheinberger and young Estonian composer, Pärt Uusberg.
Pacifica Singers explore music that celebrates rivers, meadows, trees and even mosquitoes! A set of pieces that evoke evenings and nights will include: Brahms’ O Schöne Nacht and Barber’s Sure on This Shining Night. Three pieces are entitled ‘Evening’ – two in German (Abendlied) and one in Estonian (Õhtul).
Zephyra Women’s Choir, in keeping with the theme of nature and the changing seasons, will present a set including texts that describe winter, spring, snow and moonlight. Two sacred pieces will be: Pablo Casals’ Nigra sum (from Song of Solomon) and an arrangement by Vancouver’s Brian Tate of Hold Me, Rock, Me.
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Aaron Copland • At the River and Ching-a-Ring Chaw (from Old American Songs)
Antonín Dvořák (arr. Washburn) • Whispers of Music, Laughing Meadows and Silver-white Birch Tree (from Songs of Nature, Op. 63)
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger • Abendlied (from Drei geistliche Gesänge, Op. 69)
Johannes Brahms • O schöne Nacht and Abendlied (from Vier Quartette, Op. 29)
Samuel Barber • Sure on this Shining Night
Pärt Uusberg • Õhtul
Stephen Chatman • Trees, Woodpecker and Mosquitos (from Due North)
Lionel Daunais • Le pont Mirabeau
Zephyra Women’s Choir:
Robert H. Young • How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps
Eleanor Daley • Spring (from Seasons of Love)
Harri Wessman • Vesi väsyy lumen alle
Marie-Clairfe Saindon • Le train d’hiver
Pablo Casals • Nigra sum
Brian Tate • Hold Me, Rock Me
Larry Nickel • All the Little Rivers