Ars Nova Singers concludes its 33rd concert season with two performances of contemporary choral music, including the world premieres of four commissioned works by Colorado composers. Our multi-year project Shared Visions is an interdisciplinary collaboration of Colorado artists: in 2018, we assembled a gallery of 24 works by eight visual artists; 8 poets from across the state viewed the gallery and used the images as a basis for writing new poetry. The 47 new poems were then assembled into an anthology, and Ars Nova Singers commissioned four Colorado composers (Paul Fowler, Leanna Kirchoff, Jeffrey Nytch, and Thomas Edward Morgan) to use this anthology to create new music for chorus. We’ll perform these new works, celebrating the shared visions of Colorado visual, literary, and musical artists. Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan: “This is a project that we’d been working towards for a couple of decades, and we were very pleased to offer this initially as the climactic final program of our 30th season. It was such a success that we decided to reprise the project now, three years later, with a new selection of works from Colorado art creators. We’ll have the visual artists, poets, and composers with us at the performances, and the energy and excitement generated by the shared inspirations has been electric.” Join us!
Our four commissioned composers and their selected poetic and visual works are:
Paul Fowler, Synapse – poem by Rosemerrry Wahtola Trommer; Visual art by John Bonath, Synapse Tapestry
Leanna Kirchoff, Holy Water – poem by Erin Robertson; visual art by Elizabeth Woody, Pond 17
Jefffrey Nytch, Thank You Letter to My Lungs – poem by Rosemerrry Wahtola Trommer; Visual art by Grace Gee, Healing Grace: Lungs
Thomas Edward Morgan, Heart Vessels – poem by Christine Weeber; Granite sculpture by Kimmerjae Macarus, Holds Water: Kneeling Rock for Standing Rock
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