Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
University of Illinois Oratorio Society, Andrew Megill, Conductor
Central Illinois Children’s Chorus, Andrea Solya, Conductor
Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano
Steven Soph, tenor
David Govertsen, bass
Terra Nostra is a new work for soloists, choruses, and orchestra by CUSO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stacy Garrop, which celebrates the beauty of our Earth and humanity’s historic search for living in balance. Cast in three sections, Part I: Creation of the World, Part II: The Rise of Humanity, and Part III: Searching for Balance, this powerful oratorio gives voice to text drawn from the iconic poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Walt Whitman, Lord Alfred Tennyson, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, and others.
Preconcert Performance/Talk (Foellinger Great Hall 6:30 p.m.)
CUSO ticket-holders are invited to a preconcert event featuring CUSO musician Amanda Pond, performing Stacy Garrop’s Phoenix Rising for solo flute, followed by a preconcert lecture about Terra Nostra, given by Maestro Stephen Alltop and Stacy Garrop.
Stacy Garrop is a nationally recognized composer of works for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, chamber ensembles, and oratorio. Stacy Garrop’s 2017–19 residency with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA that demonstrates the power and value of living composers working at the center of American orchestras. Major funding for Music Alive comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.