April 23, 2019 at Carnegie Hall


Tuesday, APRIL 23, 2019
8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

What does a fifteenth-century Hindu princess have in common with a teacher who lives just outside Philadelphia?

What thread could possibly connect a modern British hymnist with the first poet history can remember?

The easy answer is that their work is all featured in this program. They also happen to be women, each with a timeless facility to harness the power of language. But the more interesting answer—and perhaps the most telling—is that they’re all troublemakers, in the best sense of the word.

Along with Emily Brontë, whose verses provide the backbone for the second half of the evening, these are women who thunder and keep thundering, whose souls enjoy every second of their changing form, who laugh at the rules, and who sing with their sisters. These are their words. These are hopeful women who have refused to accept the constraints of their varying epochs. Their offerings are open-hearted and ferocious. They demand to be heard.

As we listen, we’ll be treated to a collection of texts that spans the width of the planet and nearly all of human history. Over four thousand years separate their creation. But it would be hard to miss the fact that they’ve been woven into the same evolving tapestry, one that celebrates the vitality and determination it takes to change people’s minds.

-Mark McAdam
 Songwriter & Producer


National Concerts presents the U.S. premiere of Estonian composer and Composer-in-Residence, Tõnu Kõrvits’ Moorland Elegies. Dr. Gregory Fuller leads the forces from the University of Southern Mississippi, Southern Chorale and Symphony Orchestra, in this exciting performance. Opening the concert, Brandon Williams will lead The Voorhees Choir from Rutgers University.

The Voorhees Choir at Rutgers University
Dr. Brandon Williams, Conductor 
Moon Goddess by Jocelyn Hagen
text by Enheduanna

All I Was Doing Was Breathing 
by David Brunner
text by Mirabai

The Shape of My Soul
by Andrea Clearfield
text by Susan Windle

Imagination by Colin Britt (world premiere)

text by Phillis Wheatley

Will The Circle Be Unbroken by J. David Moore
text by Cathy Winter, Betsy Rose, & Marcia Taylor
University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale
Gregory Fuller, Conductor
University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra,
Dr. Michael A. Miles, Conductor

Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Michael A. Miles, conductor

Moorland Elegies 
by Tõnu Kõrvits  (U.S. Premiere)
Selected poems by Emily Brontë
Gregory Fuller, Conductor



Moorland Elegies (2015), a nine-part cycle for mixed choir and string orchestra, is a crowning achievement of its composer Tõnu Kõrvits’s magical impressionism. The work was premiered by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra at Tallinn’s St. John’s Church on 31 October 2015, conducted by Risto Joost. The cycle is shaped and animated by its texts: a selection of poems by the English author Emily Brontë (1818–1848). “Moorland Elegies is a journey into the darkest, most mysterious corners of loneliness: to where one doesn’t dare to peek twice,” Kõrvits has commented. The selection of poetry in Moorland Elegies contains bright, sorrowful, dramatic, and divine scenes that form no coherent plot. There are only spiritual conditions characterized by a certain poetical abstraction, which develop through natural imagery and spatial impressions.

Tõnu Kõrvits works belong to the repertoire of the most important Estonian orchestras, choirs and artists. In recent years his music has been performed more and more outside of his native Estonia. Beside Veljo Tormis’s shamanistic spells, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s energetic explosions and Arvo Pärt’s religious contemplations, Kõrvits’s sound world stands out as highly poetic, full of visionary fantasies. His music carries the listener along on hypnotic journeys through the landscapes of nature and folk tradition, human soul and subconscious. His oeuvre includes all traditional genres from orchestral and instrumental music to choral music and operas.
-Evi Arujärv
Translated by Adam Cullen


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