Bruce Gladstone, conductor.
“Songs to Live By”
Music has always had a way to touch our souls the way other things cannot. When paired with poetry that speaks honestly to the human condition, it can lift us out of the merely abstract, touching our souls and offering insight on how we can be better at being human and humane.
The Chorale offers a choral song-cycle by composer Gwyneth Walker on autobiographical poems by Virginia Hamilton Adair, as well as three works by composer Elizabeth Alexander: “How to Sing Like a Planet”; “If You Can Walk You Can Dance”; and “Finally On My Way To Yes.”
Also on the program is Joshua Shank’s “Rules To Live By,” a heartfelt and moving piece whose text was written by the commissioning ensemble.