Songs of Smaller Creatures - American choral works by Betinis, Kesselman, WhitacreGarrop, del Tredici, Rorem

> Songs of Smaller Creatures - I. The Bees' Song
> Songs of Smaller Creatures - II. A noiseless, patient spider
> Songs of Smaller Creatures - III. Envoi
> Buzzings - No. 1. To make a prairie
> Buzzings - No. 2. A Bee his burnished Carriage
> Buzzings - No. 3. Bee! I'm expecting you!
> When David Heard - When David Heard
> Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy - No. 1. Now by this moon, before this moon shall wane
> Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy - No. 2. Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
> Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy - No. 3. I shall forget you presently, my dear
> Final Alice: Acrostic Song - Final Alice: Acrostic Song
> 7 Motets for the Church Year - No. 1. When all things were in quiet silence (Christmas)
> 7 Motets for the Church Year - No. 2. Before the morning star begotten (Epiphany)
> 7 Motets for the Church Year - No. 3. Lay up for yourselves (Ash Wednesday)
> 7 Motets for the Church Year - No. 4. Praise him who was crucified (Easter)
> 7 Motets for the Church Year - No. 5. God Is gone up (Ascension)
> 7 Motets for the Church Year - No. 6. Today the Holy Spirit appeared (Pentecost)
> 7 Motets for the Church Year - No. 7. Rejoice we all in the Lord (All Saints)
> 5 Romantic Miniatures - No. 1. Abe
> 5 Romantic Miniatures - No. 2. Lisa
> 5 Romantic Miniatures - No. 3. Homer
> 5 Romantic Miniatures - No. 4. Marge
> 5 Romantic Miniatures - No. 5. Homer
> Sleep - Sleep

Album Summary

>Betinis, Abbie : Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom
>Kesselman, Lee : Buzzings
>Whitacre, Eric : When David Heard
>Garrop, Stacy : Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy, for chorus
>Del Tredici, David : Acrostic Song (from Final Alice), for saxophone & piano
>Rorem, Ned : Motets (7) for the Church Year, for chorus
>Crabtree, Paul : Romantic Miniatures (5), for chorus
>Whitacre, Eric : Sleep
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Conducted by Christopher Bell, Chicago's Grant Park Chorus, "as fine a symphony chorus as any to be found anywhere in the nation" (Chicago Tribune), makes its a cappella CD debut with an all-American program of eight imaginative, moving, and sometimes whimsical works written between 1975 and 2005, including four world-premiere recordings. Premieres include Abbie Betinis's Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom: Songs of Smaller Creatures. Lee Kesselman's Buzzings: Three Pieces about Bees offers vignettes based on Emily Dickinson poems. Paul Crabtree's Five Romantic Miniatures is a set of affectionate tributes to characters from The Simpsons animated TV series. The chorus made its commercial recording debut performing with the Grant Park Orchestra on the 2011 Cedille Records release The Pulitzer Project, which attracted international attention. Chicago's New City said the CD "spectacularly showcased" the chorus's "remarkable transparency and flexibility."

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The choir is perfectly placed on the sound stage: not too reverberant and not too close, but not too far either. Notes and texts. Enjoy the preliminary buzzing, then, but be ready for more. A lot more.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Ch (06/28/2011/06/30/2011).



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Works Details

>Betinis, Abbie : Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom :: Songs of Smaller Creatures, for chorus
  • Performer: Hanna Dixon
  • Conductor: Christopher Bell
  • Ensemble: Grant Park Chorus
  • Notes: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL (06/28/2011/06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Kesselman, Lee : Buzzings :: Three Pieces about Bees, for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Bell
  • Notes: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL (06/28/2011/06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Whitacre, Eric : When David Heard
  • Performer: Peter Sovitsky
  • Conductor: Christopher Bell
  • Notes: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL (06/28/2011/06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Garrop, Stacy : Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy, for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Bell
  • Notes: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL (06/28/2011/06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Del Tredici, David : Acrostic Song (from Final Alice), for saxophone & piano
  • Performer: Amy Conn (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Bell
  • Notes: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL (06/28/2011/06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1976

>Rorem, Ned : Motets (7) for the Church Year, for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Bell
  • Notes: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL (06/28/2011/06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Crabtree, Paul : Romantic Miniatures (5), for chorus
  • Conductor: Christopher Bell
  • Notes: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL (06/28/2011/06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Whitacre, Eric : Sleep
  • Conductor: Christopher Bell
  • Notes: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL (06/28/2011/06/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000