SING WITH THE LARK

Composed: 2003
Premiere:  Dublin Scioto A Cappella Chamber Choir, Jeff Chesser, director, March 11, 2002
Duration:  4 minutes         
Instrumentation:  SATB, a cappella, optional piano, optional handbells. Full orchestral accompaniment available

PROGRAM NOTES

This piece for choir is from the second movement of a larger work, Century’s Song, which was commissioned by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission for the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio to commemorate the Ohio Bicentennial.  The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus first performed the entire work on February 23, 2003 with Timothy Russell, Music Director, conducting. The second movement is a song that the composer set to a poem titled With the Lark by an African American poet from Dayton Ohio, Paul Laurence Dunbar.  As requested by the Bicentennial Committee, this movement was composed for choir as well as for orchestra and can be performed by choir and orchestra together or for a cappella choir, or orchestra alone.