Voice of the Lake
An Oratorio for Vocal Soloists, Choirs, and Instruments
Part I: At the Lake
Part II: The Public Hearing
Part III: Evening Near the River (silent video shows pollution and causes during aria)
Part IV: Sunrise on the Lake
Voice of the Lake, an Oratorio for Vocal Soloists, Choirs and Instruments is a musical description of Lake Erie, the good and the bad, in the first quarter of the 21st century. The music portrays the constant motion of the waves splashing on the rocks, of walking on the beach, of the sun glinting on the water, of children playing in the water, and of the pleasure of a fisherman in his boat fishing. The Oratorio also depicts the environmental problems that the lake faces. After a canoe trip near the algae friendly river, the mezzo shows photos to her friend and sings of the lake where it is filled with algae. She also shows various innovative attempts to control and stop the algae. Another section of the Oratorio portrays a public hearing over whether to dump the toxic residue that has been dredged from the Cuyahoga River into the lake. The revised version of Voice of the Lake focuses on factual information in the libretto veering away from using poetic lines. The music is the same, but the words have changed. Plus there are new arias for the mezzo, and for tenor.
"The 'Voice of the Lake' needs to be heard."
- Mark Sebastian Jordan, Seen and Heard International
This project is supported by generous grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, Bascom Little Fund, and the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. But we still need your donations to help us reach our goal of matching these grant awards!
September 20, 2018, 7:00 pm
Museum of Natural History
Part I will be performed in collaboration with a new photography exhibit by Linda Butler
October 19, 2018, 7:00 PM
Cleveland Institute of Music
Blue Streak Ensemble performs the oratorio in its entirety and the performance will be video recorded for future broadcast
October 31, 2018
Blue Streak Ensemble has been invited by NALMS to perform Voice of the Lake during their symposium in Cincinnati. This is a FREE performance
to our generous donors for helping to bring Voice of the Lake to life
Ron and Eugenia Strauss
Debra Cox Keller
Marjorie and Bert Moyar
Gail and Joseph Rinderknecht