A Night of Poetry with True Concord

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This week on Arizona Encore, it is a Night of Poetry with Tucson’s True Concord vocal ensemble, with highlights from two concerts showcasing the poetry of women authors set to music. One of these concerts, called “Trailblazers,” was the catalyst for the groups 2020-2021 season, a concert celebrating the indelible mark women have made on the world, featuring musical settings of words by Maya Angelou, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Sara Teasdale, and others.

Then, we’ll hear numerous works by living composers setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Dickinson is one of the most unique and distinguished poets of 19th-Century America, and a few years ago, composer Emma Lou Diemer told the Choral Journal that “Dickinson is a favorite of composers perhaps because of her brevity and depth and quantity.” We’ll hear settings of Dickinson’s poetry by Diemer, as well as Bradley Eillingboe, Craig Hella Johnson, Matthew Lyon Hazzard, and David N. Childs.

Featuring performances by True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor; Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano.

Trenney/Angelou - Maya’s Prayer for Peace - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
Soledad/Johnson - When I Rise Up - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
Price/Johnson - The Heart of a Woman - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor; Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano
Hagen/Teasdale - To See the Sky - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
Hagenberg/Wyatt - My Companion - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
Diemer - Wild Nights! Wild Nights! - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
Ellingboe - Heart, we will forget him! - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
Childs - The Moon is Distant from the Sea - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
Diemer/Dickinson - The Birds Begun at Four O’Clock - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
Diemer - Two Poems by Emily Dickinson - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
I. I Suppose the Time will Come
Hazzard - Look Back on Time - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor
Johnson/Dickinson - Will There Really Be a “Morning”? - True Concord; Eric Holtan, conductor

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