Saturday, April 7, 2018,
Lorimer Chapel / Chapel, Rose and Lounge

Throughout history, choral music has moved in tandem with advancements in literature: prose, poetry, and other forms of the published word. Origins II: Dawn highlights the origins of literary styles and movements with musical settings of texts by historic innovators of written language. The Colby College Chorale and the Colby Kennebec Choral Society reach far back to the ancient Greek fables of Aesop, move through time to texts from the Old Testament and first century Chinese authors, to Shakespeare, Impressionists, and Modernists. Featured works include Soleils Couchants, a gorgeous setting of Verlaine’s famous poem by Quebec composer Robert Ingari, American composer Jay Mobley’s take on beloved 20th century children’s literature, and Walkers with the Dawn, a stirring work by Francine Trester based on works by the founder of jazz poetry, Langston Hughes. The concert also includes works by American composers Randall Thompson, Emma Lou Diemer, Bob Chilcott, Granville Bantock, and Samuel Barber.

Public event