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Sky-Born Music: 10th Anniversary Commissions and World Premieres/Milwaukee Choral Artists
Sky-Born Music - Milwaukee Choral Artists


 
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Program and Notes
 
Sky-Born Music
10th Anniversary Commissions and World Premieres
Jeffry Peterson, pianist
Stefan Kartman, cello
Indra Brusubardis, soprano
Leslie Fitswater, mezzo-soprano
Sharon A. Hansen, director

It is traditional during an anniversary year that a performing ensemble commissions a piece of music in commemoration of that milestone. Milwaukee Choral Artists went a step further by inviting ten composers to write new works for the ensemble - one for each of its ten years. Founded in 1998 as a chamber ensemble comprising professional solo singers, the Milwaukee Choral Artists is one of only a handful of professional women's vocal ensembles in the country. With its signature lush sound, MCA brings a distinctive and varied repertoire of choral and vocal masterworks to audiences throughout the region.

This recording: Finalist for The American Prize in choral recordings; awarded "Unique Programming Citation"
 
Program Notes

1-Padmapani
(2007)                                                                                                                       
Music: Paula Foley Tillen
Words: Thich Nhat Hahn

2-Potter’s Clay (2007)
Music: Paul Fowler
Words: Naomi C. Rose

3-A Prayer for Peace (2008)
Music:
Paula Foley Tillen
Words: Thich Nhat Hahn  

4-Lake Song
(2007)
Music: Paul Carey
Words:
Colette Inez                

5-Sigh No More, Ladies! (1961; 2008 premiere)
Music: Kirke L. Mechem (San Francisco, California) 
Words: W
illiam Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing, II,3                                           

6-8 Three Emily Dickinson Songs (2007)
Music:
George L. Mabry (Clarksville, Tennessee)
Words: 
Emily Dickinson                                                                                                                                 

     6-Heart, We Will Forget Him!
 
    7-Going to Him!
     8-Wild Nights!                                                                                                    

9-Sky-Born Music (2007)
Music: Paula Foley Tillen (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Words: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Leslie Fitzwater, soprano

10-Soft Voices, Sweet Violets, & Rose Leaves (2007)
Music: Jackson Berkey (Omaha, Nebraska)
Words:
Percy Byssche Shelley   
Stefan Kartman, cello     
Indra Brusubardis, soprano

11-Nahuatl Hymn to the All-Mother (2007)
Music: Gilda Lyons (New York, New York)
Words: traditional Nahuatl prayer, adapted by the composer

12-Wade in the Water
(2007)
Music: Marion Verhaalen (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Words: 
Trad. Spiritual, with additional words by Marion Verhaalen

13-The Message
(2008)
Music: James Quitman Mullholland (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Words:
Christopher Pearse Cranch

14-How Can I Keep From Singing? (2007)
Music: David Bridges )Nashville, Tennessee)
Words:
Robert Wadsworth Lowry          

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