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.
Songwriter & Producer
All I Was Doing Was Breathing by David Brunner
The Shape of My Soul by Andrea Clearfield
text by Phillis Wheatley
Moorland Elegies by Tõnu Kõrvits (U.S. Premiere)
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.
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