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Songs of Smaller Creatures and Other American Choral Works

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Songs of Smaller Creatures and Other American Choral Works

Christopher BellGrant Park ChorusLee R. KesselmanNed RoremStacy Garrop

  • CDR 90000 131
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    • 1. the bees’ song (1:11)

    • ABBIE BETINIS (b. 1980)

      Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom: Songs of Smaller Creatures* (9:07)

      1. the bees’ song (1:11)

    • 2. a noiseless, patient spider (4:08)

    • 2. a noiseless, patient spider (4:08)

    • 3. envoi (3:42)

    • 3. envoi (3:42)

    • I. To make a prairie (1:33)

    • LEE KESSELMAN (b. 1951)

      Buzzings: Three Pieces about Bees* (4:11)

      I. To make a prairie (1:33)

    • II. A Bee his burnished Carriage (1:05)

    • II. A Bee his burnished Carriage (1:05)

    • III. Bee! I’m expecting you! (1:28)

    • III. Bee! I’m expecting you! (1:28)

    • When David Heard (11:43)

    • ERIC WHITACRE (b. 1970)

      When David Heard (11:43)

    • I. Now by this moon, before this moon shall wane (2:45)

    • STACY GARROP (b. 1969)

      Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy* (7:45)

      I. Now by this moon, before this moon shall wane (2:45)

    • II. Time does not bring relief; you all have lied (3:13)

    • II. Time does not bring relief; you all have lied (3:13)

    • III. I shall forget you presently, my dear (1:41)

    • III. I shall forget you presently, my dear (1:41)

    • Acrostic Song from Final Alice (4:47)

    • DAVID DEL TREDICI (b. 1937)

      Acrostic Song from Final Alice (4:47)

    • While All Things Were in Quiet Silence (1:53)

    • NED ROREM (b. 1923)

      Seven Motets for the Church’s Year (11:06)

      While All Things Were in Quiet Silence (1:53)

    • Before the Morning Star Begotten (0:58)

    • Before the Morning Star Begotten (0:58)

    • Lay Up for Yourselves (1:00)

    • Lay Up for Yourselves (1:00)

    • Praise Him Who Was Crucified (1:00)

    • Praise Him Who Was Crucified (1:00)

    • God Is Gone Up (1:23)

    • God Is Gone Up (1:23)

    • Today the Holy Spirit Appeared (2:19)

    • Today the Holy Spirit Appeared (2:19)

    • Rejoice We All in the Lord (2:17)

    • Rejoice We All in the Lord (2:17)

    • Abe (1:38)

    • PAUL CRABTREE (b. 1960)

      Five Romantic Miniatures* (6:50)

      Abe (1:38)

    • Lisa (0:43)

    • Lisa (0:43)

    • Homer (0:50)

    • Homer (0:50)

    • Marge (1:17)

    • Marge (1:17)

    • Homer (2:12)

    • Homer (2:12)

    • Sleep (4:25)

    • ERIC WHITECRE (b. 1970)

      Sleep (4:25)

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Conducted by Christopher Bell, Chicago's Grant Park Chorus is "as fine a symphony chorus as any to be found anywhere in the nation" (Chicago Tribune). Celebrating its 50th season, the chorus 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 premieres.

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Album Details

Total Time: 60:42

Producer: James Ginsburg Engineers: Eric Arunas, Bill Maylone
Patch Session Director: Carlos Kalmar
Cover: Lurie Garden, looking toward the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago Kristy Lapidus, Ransacked Muse Photography (www.ransackedmuse.com)
Back Cover: photo by Norman Timonera
Recorded: in concert at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, Chicago, June 28 and 30, 2011
Graphic Design: Nancy Bieschke

Publishers:
Betinis: Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom: Songs of Smaller Creatures © 2005 Abbie Betinis (abbiebetinis.com). All Rights Reserved
Kesselman: Buzzings © 1977 Lee Kesselman (kesselmanpress.com)
Whitacre: When David Heard © 2000, Sleep © 2002 Walton Music Corporation (waltonmusic.com). International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved 
Garrop: Sonnets of Desire, Longing, and Whimsy © 2004 Stacy Garrop (garrop.com). All Rights Reserved 
Del Tredici: Acrostic Song from Final Alice © 1978 Boosey & Hawkes 
Rorem Seven Motets for the Church’s Year © 1988 Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. Copyright for All Countries. All Rights Reserved.

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