Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
GARROP: Terra Nostra
University of Illinois Oratorio Society, Andrew Megill, Conductor
Central Illinois Children’s Chorus, Andrea Solya, Conductor
Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Steven Soph, tenor
David Govertsen, bass
Terra Nostra is a beautiful new work for soloists, choruses, and orchestra by Stacy Garrop, CUSO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence. CUSO is joined by the University of Illinois Oratorio Society and the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus to perform this moving music, which focuses on the relationship between our planet and mankind.
Cast in three sections, Part I: Creation of the World, Part II: The Rise of Humanity, and Part III: Searching for Balance, Terra Nostra celebrates the beauty of our planet and explores how we can create more awareness for our planet’s plight to find a balance for living within the Earth’s resources.
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.