In less than three weeks, Gloriana Chamber Choir will present two concerts of Life and Breath: Songs of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. The poetry included in this concert speaks of the basic elements of life; of earth, wind, fire, and water; of our human desire to satisfy both our bodily and spiritual needs. This concert spans a wide variety of composers and treatments of texts related to yearning and quenching. There is yearning for love (Morley’s Fire, Fire, My Heart), for peace (Frank Ticheli’s Earth Song), for home (Fissinger’s By the Waters of Babylon), and for God (Palestrina’s Sicut cervus). The yearning is quenched by fire and breath. The spirit is fed by hope in the blood of God (Spencer’s At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners), by the light of God (Byrd’s Surge illuminare, Lauridsen’s O nata lux, and Whitacre’s Lux aurumque), and by the spirit, the breath of God (Bach’s Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf and Clausen’s All that hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord).
Join us on July 23 and 24 for a wonderful concert in two beautiful venues: Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Springfield (right next to the historic Lincoln home site) and Clegg Chapel at Blackburn College in Carlinville. Check out the concert page for details about the concerts, including times, ticket prices, and repertoire.