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Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 PM
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 6300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 PM
Ascension Lutheran Church, 7100 North Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley

We are confronted daily with mysteries, conflicts, emotions, joys, heartbreaks, bombast, and silence.  In this concert, we use the sea and its unpredictability as an example of all things transitory – yet eternal:  life, death, love, hope, destruction, success, and failure.  The oceans have always been a source of mystery, power, turbulence, and peace.  “Oceans” touches on these ideas and emotions from several vantage points showing us how the sea is both wonderful and terrible, ever-changing and eternal.  

Two centerpiece works in the concert are memorials for those lost to the sea: Canticum Calamitatis Maritimæ commemorates the sinking of the passenger ferry MS Estonia in 1994, by Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, and Himenami – The Divine Wave by Dan Forrest is in memory of those lost in the tsunami that followed the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.  You’ll hear two settings of e. e. cummings’ as is the sea marvelous, that leaves much to the imagination and allows us to consider the sea as a metaphor for love, existence, and eternity.

Jacob Narverud gives us the many sounds of the sea in Robert Bode’s poem I Hear Oceans, while Gabriel Jackson’s setting of Estonian poet Doris Kareva’s A ship with unfurled sails is a meditation on freedom.  Matthew Orlovic helps us hear of Australian poet Victor Carrell’s exultation in I stand over tides of ocean where “My body thrills with life, my spirit wildly bounds,” and Susan LaBarr’s touching setting of Jonathan Owen’s Forever Gone leaves us with a lover standing on the shore and lamenting love lost … or of a chance not taken.

Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 PM
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
6300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 PM
Ascension Lutheran Church
7100 North Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley

Saturday, May 4
at 7:30 PM

All Saint’s Episcopal Church,

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Concert Program

I Hear Oceans Jacob Narverud
A poem by Robert Bode
As Is The Sea Marvelous Matthew Lyon Hazzard
A poem by e. e. cummings (JR Momeyer, tenor soloist)
As Is The Sea Marvelous Eric Whitacre
A poem by e. e. cummings
Himenami (The Divine Wave) Dan Forrest
A poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri in memory of lives lost in the tsunami that followed the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Canticum Calamitatis Maritimæ Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
In memory of the 894 lives lost on the ferry MS Estonia in 1994. Text from the Catholic Requiem Mass, from Psalm 107: "They that go down to the sea in ships," and the Finnish news service, Nuntii Latini. (Soloists: Adrienne Goglia, folk song; Elijah Frank, precentor/news reader)
Forever Gone Susan LaBarr
A poem by Jonathan Owen

A Ship With Unfurled Salis

Gabriel Jackson
A poem by Doris Kareva, translated by Eric Dickens
Tides of Ocean Matthew Orlovich
A poem by Victor Carrell

The program is about an hour in duration.  It is performed without intermission and subject to change without notice

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