Embracing the Journey
The UW Summer Chorale will take the audience on a journey through a dramatic arc from despair, finding hope and faith, and concluding with a sense of comfort and happiness in liberation from sorrow. With music from the Baroque and Romantic periods intertwined with contemporary choral repertoire, alternative pop arrangements, and Americana idioms, the concert is sure to entertain on many levels. The Bach cantata, “My Hearts Swims in Blood”(performed in an English translation), serves as a narrator in this universal dramatic structure of anguish emboldened to resolve and strength. Other selections are interpolated between the movements of the cantata to contextualize and modernize the emotions expressed. Our adaptation of Bach’s music is a special anniversary appearance, as it was first performed on August 12, 1714.
The performance also features newly composed music by local composer, Susan Maughlin Wood. In this collaborative project, she scored music for string quartet and electronics that incorporates textual and melodic themes from the program to create interludes between several selections. The artistic goal is again to contextualize historical text and music while creating a flow that keeps the listener progressing through the Journey with the ensemble.