Ars Nova options visitor composer and conductor


Joan Szymko will lead her personal works in Boulder and Cherry Hills Village

By Peter Alexander April 10 at 5:15 p.m.

Composer Joan Szymko has set to music poems by a number of of the main poets of our occasions, together with Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry. 

A conductor in addition to composer, Szymko will lead Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers in performing her personal works Friday in Boulder and Saturday in Cherry Hills Village (7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13; particulars under).

Joan Szymko

As a composer, Szymko doesn’t restrict her alternative of texts to extensively honored, prize-winning poets. As she herself factors out, she additionally has set poems from the center ages and by grade college college students. Stressing the breadth of her inspiration, she has written, “My objective is to compose music that invitations the viewers in whereas difficult the notion that accessibility and musical integrity are incompatible ideas. 

“I’ve composed choral music to be carried out with actors, poets, Taiko drummers, trendy dancers, aerialists and accordion gamers. I’ve set texts by fourth graders and Pulitzer Prize winners, medieval mystics and up to date poets. I’m drawn to texts that invoke divine grace, communicate to the common craving for good and that nurture a compassionate coronary heart.”

Szymko grew up in Chicago and studied choral music on the Chicago Musical School at Roosevelt College and the College of Illinois at Urbana. She at the moment lives in Portland, Ore., the place she served on the choral music college at Portland State College. She just lately retired as creative director of Portland’s Aurora Refrain, and holds workshops with choirs round america and overseas.

Her works have been commissioned by teams starting from skilled choruses to church and group choirs. They’ve been printed by Oxford College Press, Walton Music, Roger Dean Publishing, and different main publishers of choral music. 

This system that Ars Nova will current options Szymko’s “It’s Happiness,” primarily based on poems by Oliver together with the a lot liked “Wild Geese,” in addition to Berry’s in style “Peace of Wild Issues,” a textual content by Teresa of Avila, and different various sources.

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Ars Nova Singers, Joan Szymko, visitor conductor
With the CU Treble Choir and instrumental soloists

  • Joan Szymko: Vivos Voco (I name out to the dwelling; textual content by Julian of Norwich)
  • —“How Did the Rose” (textual content by Kim Stafford)
  • Lo Lefached  (Be not afraid; textual content by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov)
  • —Nada te turbe (Let nothing disturb you; textual content by Teresa of Ávila)
  • —Invitation to Dance  (texts by Hafiz, tailored by Daniel Ladinsky)
  • —The place is the Door to the Tavern?
  • —Till
  • —The God Who Solely Is aware of 4 Phrases
  • Ubi Caritas (The place charity is)
  • It’s Happiness (poetry by Mary Oliver)
  • —Be It Subsequently Resolved (poetry by Kim Stafford)
  • —The Peace of Wild Issues (poetry by Wendell Berry)
  • —Look Out (poetry by Wendell Berry)
  • —It Takes a Village
  • —We’re All Certain Up Collectively (textual content by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper)

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12
First United Methodist Church, Boulder

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13
Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village

TICKETS together with livestream of Saturday’s efficiency


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