Choral Music Composition Links Love, Poetry
The connections between love, forgiveness, poetry and choral music are at the heart of a creative collaboration between the Washington Master Chorale and the Fetzer Institute.
Composer Robert Kyr has been commissioned to write a new choral piece that reflects on and shares the virtue of love through the unique prism of poetry, music and personal inspiration. Reflecting on love as expressed by several poets offers an opportunity to deepen a sense of the sacred and to foster awareness of the power of music, poetry and personal stories to inspire love, forgiveness and compassion.
Kyr is finishing the piece this year and the new composition will be performed in the Chorale’s 2015-16 Season. Once composed and premiered, this choral work will become a part of the American canon and made available for performance by other choirs and choruses, greatly extending its influence and reach.
Chorale Artistic Director Thomas Colohan says the skills fostered in choral music -- cooperation, listening, pausing and taking turns – are integral to love and forgiveness as well. Says Colohan: “When I stand in front of my chorus and hear their unified voices raised in song, I know I am hearing the very heart of compassion, the true voice of humanity.”
The choir is committed to sharing music that fulfills both the audience – which finds solace and beauty in the sound – and the singers – who experience the gratification of belonging to a community of dedicated musicians.
To provide cultural context and enrich the audience experience, the premiere concert in March 2016 will be preceded by pre-concert lectures in various community locations and on local public radio.
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on the Humanities.