This video of the premier performance of Song of Sky and Sea was taken by the artist Dr. Lynn Lukkas, Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota and the producer of the accompanying video. During the performance there were brief pauses in the film between movements. When Dr. Lukkas edited out the pauses in order to create this promotional video, the soundtrack of the performance gradually lags behind the video as the video progresses. I hope that the slight delay of sound does not detract from the aesthetic of the performance. There is a "music video" version of the film and soundtrack alone without performance footage to be produced at a later date. At this point the artist insists on a performance video only.
Arvo Pärt's Passio was a part of a two-week passion project I produced titled: Passion/Compassion/Impassion, which involved composers, conductors, theologians, and three choral performances. The video has three parts: 1. 0:00-3:14 Boers introduces the Passion Project and the meaning surrounding the visual portion of the evening's program 2. 4:45-7:50 As a prelude to the Passio, the choir sings two verses of Roger Petrich's Ah Holy Jesus, both as a poetic introduction as well as homage to Bach St. John Passion. 3. The Passio begins at 7:56 The performance is accompanied by slides and subtitles. I created the visuals to tie together historic art illuminating the passion narrative, with photographs which paint a current parallel to the biblical story. The intention was to blend together a deeper understanding of the historic narrative with how the themes of the passion continue to play out in our modern world.
Eric Barnum's The Stars Stand Up in the Air, sung at the ACDA Northwest Convention in 2014. Eric Barnum received his DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington.
Lidholm's epic motet, ...a riveder le stelle, is a powerful setting of Canto VI of Dante's Inferno. The motet, scored for 32-part choir, is considered a landmark of 20th century choral composition, and is among the most challenging motets of its kind.
The music describes the teacher and student, having walked through the various levels of hell (listen for the crying souls in the first minutes of the work), and seeking to return to the world. They find a small passage way, dark and frightful, teacher climbs first and student follows, (listen for the sixteen part male chorus "climbing" by whole tones), and once again, they behold the stars. The final minutes are a mere standing in awe of the stars while hearing a distant echo of the prior journey.
But soon it will be night and we must rise to the stars.
Now is the time to depart this place
for we have seen and experienced it all.
Keep moving! Return to paradise.
The wings of hell’s monarch are heard nearby.
We must leave quickly,
but soon it will be night.
I climbed toward paradise with no thought of looking back.
I passed through a small opening
and finally saw heaven and the supreme light
and beheld once again the stars.