The Divine in Nature - Ketevan Sacred Music Festival 2021
Nightingale’s upcoming program, The Divine in Nature, features a cycle of five original part songs set to the poetry of influential New England poets from the 19th and 20th centuries. The cycle takes us through the course of a day, from dawn till dusk, and explores themes surrounding the divinity that exists in our stunning natural world. All pieces are composed by members of the ensemble, and the performance features Nightingale’s sixteen Core Members.
This unique program was conceived of when Nightingale was invited to participate in the 2021 Ketevan Sacred Music Festival, an annual international gathering of choirs and instrumentalists from diverse spiritual backgrounds, styles, and traditions centered in Old Goa, India. Nightingale is honored to participate this year (virtually), and to represent the transcendent poetry of New England natives.
Day -Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar -Music by John Haukoos
a certain slant of light -Poem by Emily Dickinson -Music by Nicholas Ford
A Hymn to the Evening -Poem by Phyllis Wheatley -Music by Kelvyn Koning
Night -Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar -Music by Benjamin Kapp Perry
Nothing Gold Can Stay -Poem by Robert Frost -Music by Laura Nevitt
Previous Virtual Concerts
Stardust: Songs of the Cosmos - October 16th, 2020
We are all stardust! From the vastness of space to our innermost beings, we all come from the same matter and energy that fills the universe. Stardust is an intrepid journey through nebulas, star clusters, time warps, planets, and comets, finally landing on our shared Earth. We invite you to reflect on the expanses of both outer and inner space.
This digital program is a mixed-media concert experience, a true merging of many artistic disciplines. It features original pieces by members of the ensemble: Mason Bynes, John Haukoos, Nicholas Ford, and Kelvyn Koning. Stardust aired the night of the new moon occurring on October 16th, 2020, at 8:00 PM (EST). Stay tuned to our social media or explore this website to learn more about our first full-length virtual concert.
Thank you to all who joined for our pre and post concert zoom gatherings. Your feedback and support is greatly appreciated. Enjoy the concert!
A Collaboration with Composer Stefan Thompson
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
World Premiere on September 5th, 2020
Stefan Thompson is a Bahamian musician who believes that representation is important across all areas of art and expression. His music engages with the issues of today, yesterday, and the hope for tomorrow.
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is based on the poem Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar, a black poet from Ohio during the late 19th century/early 20th century. His poem compares the black person's experience to that of a bird stuck in a cage, forever robbed of its freedom.
This piece was recorded by Nightingale members from separate locations. Laura Nevitt Conductor, Ben Perry Audio engineer.