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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

sat11may4:00 pmsat6:00 pmEarth and Aether: the archaeology of soul and sky Event Organized ByChor LeoniEvent Type Music4:00 pm - 6:00 pm(GMT-07:00) St. Andrew's Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4S7, Canada

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Chor Leoni presents the premiere of choral compositions exploring humanity’s story at Earth and Aether: the archaeology of soul and sky.

Funded by the Diane Loomer Commissioning Fund, Chor Leoni commissioned two of the world’s sought-after choral composers, Melissa Dunphy and Grammy-nominated Kile Smith, to write a pair of companion pieces for the choir. Chor Leoni will be joined by long-time collaborators, harpist Vivian Chen and saxophonist Julia Nolan, for this one-time-only singing experience.

“We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to collaborate with these two incredible composers and bring these meaningful pieces to life,” says Artistic Director Erick Lichte. “These new works give us a chance to examine how we live on this planet and bring listeners to a greater understanding of our human past, present, and future.”

Dr. Melissa Dunphy’s composition, “The Things We Leave Behind,” poignantly explores humanity’s legacies buried beneath the Earth’s surface and how they might appear to future civilizations. Throughout the work, Dunphy contrasts stories of the past with stories humanity is currently creating, from the stone-age Willendorf Venus to mass-produced novelty mugs and tiny man-made particles embedded in a lake bed.

“Wireless” is Kile Smith’s new work that offers a unique perspective by exploring our earliest radio broadcasts and transmissions between 1896 to 1920, how they may speak to individuals today, and how an extraterrestrial culture might first encounter humanity. Referenced throughout the piece are workaday transmissions such as “Can you hear me?” and “Hello. Test, one, two, three, four,” to emergency calls from the Titanic, to popular songs, opera arias, and one impromptu suffragist’s speech.

“Like an archaeologist, these remains and historical recordings will be musically and poetically examined for clues as to how fragments from our lives might represent our humanity, culture and values. By projecting into the future, we can also imagine how future civilizations might interpret and understand our current values, for better or for worse,” adds Lichte.


May 11, 2024 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

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