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AMERICAN REFLECTIONS

AMERICAN REFLECTIONS

20th and 21st Century Choral Music

Josiah Alwood, Dominick Argento, Traditional-Aaron Copland, Traditional-James Erb, Traditional-Stacy Gibbs, Traditional-Shawn Kirchner, Morten Lauridsen, Robert Lowry, Jake Runestad, Traditional-Kevin Siegfried, Chapman Traditional-Edward, Eric Whitacre

ST. CHARLES SINGERS
JEFFREY HUNT, conductor

Marybeth Kurnat, soprano
Chelsea Rhoades, alto
Drayton Eggleson, bass
Valerie Heinkel-Bollero, piano

[MS1660]

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American Reflections is a collection of live recordings made by the St. Charles Singers during our concert tour of England in 2017. It was our great joy to share this music with our friends overseas, and to perform it in magnificent spaces. The works by Argento, Erb and Lauridsen were performed and recorded in the Ripon Cathedral; the Gibbs and Siegfried at St. James’s Church in Piccadilly, the Chapman and Whitacre at the Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House, and the Fine, Hawley, Kirchner and Runestad at the Durham Cathedral. Now, it is our great joy to share this music with you.

Jeffrey Hunt brings his focus on outstanding repertoire, communicative performances and sincere singing to his programs, and is known for his lively – yet always sensitive – guidance of his choir. As founder and Music Director of the St. Charles Singers, Hunt’s emphasis on musicality with understanding, imagination, and transparency creates beautifully polished and endearing performances by an ensemble known for exquisite singing. Hunt, in addition to directing the St. Charles Singers, is Director of Music at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles, serves as adjunct faculty at Elgin Community College, is active in several choral directors’ associations and maintains an active voice studio. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Northwestern University.

The St. Charles Singers is a professional choral organization under the leadership of Jeffrey Hunt. Dedicated to the performance, promotion and preservation of the finest choral music, this highly acclaimed choir engages singers from the Chicago area to inspire audiences with riveting and captivating concerts and recordings. Placing a strong emphasis on collaboration, the ensemble regularly performs with the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra, most notably with their recent and historic undertaking of The Mozart Journey, a 17-concert series through which the complete known body of the composer’s sacred choral works will be performed and recorded. In the summer of 2017, St. Charles Singers gave its debut solo performance at the prestigious summer Ravinia Festival. Based in St. Charles, Illinois, the choir gives subscription concerts in Chicago and throughout the surrounding region, performs at national choral conventions, tours internationally and can be heard on four commercial recordings.

The mission of St. Charles Singers is to perform, promote and preserve the finest choral music to inspire diverse audiences regionally, nationally and internationally.

Recorded 14-21 June 2017 by Atelier HudSonic, Chicago. Producer / Engineer: Hudson Fair.
 
PROGRAM
Traditional American Folk Song
Arranged by James Erb (1926-2014)
SHENANDOAH

Traditional American Folk Song
Adapted by Aaron Copland (1900-1990) | Transcribed by Irving Fine (1914-1962)
LONG TIME AGO

Dominick Argento (b.1927)
Text by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
WALDEN POND
I. The Pond
II. Angling
III. Observing
IV. Extolling
V. Walden Revisited

Eric Whitacre (b.1970)
Original Spanish text by Octavio Paz (1914-1998)
WATER NIGHT

Morten Lauridsen (b.1943)
Text by Rainer Maria Rilke (1874-1926)
DIRAIT-ON

Traditional
Arranged by Edward T. Chapman (1902-1981)
SHE’S LIKE THE SWALLOW

Robert Lowry (1826-1899)
Arranged by William Hawley (b.1950)
BEAUTIFUL RIVER

Traditional
Arranged by Stacy Gibbs (b.1964)
GREAT GOD ALMIGHTY

Jake Runestad (b.1986)
Text by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS

Traditional Shaker Song
Arranged by Kevin Siegfried (b.1969)
I HUNGER AND THIRST

Josiah Kelley Alwood (1828-1909)
Arranged by Shawn Kirchner (b.1970)
UNCLOUDED DAY

Traditional Appalachian Song
Arranged by Shawn Kirchner
BRIGHT MORNING STARS
 



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