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The Return of Song - Sunday, December 12, 2021

Sunday, December 12, 2021 • 4:00PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church, West 114th Street and Broadway, Manhattan

This concert features the world premiere of the New Amsterdam Singers commission I Go Among Trees by Robert Paterson, with guest marimbist Makoto Nakura. Paterson chose splendid texts for this 15-minute work: the title poem by renowned poet and nature lover Wendell Berry; May Sarton’s wry take on the cold weather in New England; and John Freeman’s fast-moving, colorful ode to the kestrel. The marimba is a brilliant instrument evoking flight.

Also on the program: Vincent Persichetti’s 12-movement Winter Cantata for women’s voices, flute and marimba; Francis Poulenc’s set of prayers of St. Francis for unaccompanied men’s voices, featuring the composer’s trademark luminous harmony; and three works by Black composers Rosephanye Powell, Uzee Brown, and John Work, characterized by lively syncopated rhythm or yearning emotion. Plus, we’ll present the New York premiere of We Will Stand Up by Karen Siegel. Inspired by the youth plaintiffs demanding a stable climate in Juliana vs. United States, the work was commissioned by a 10-choir consortium.

This concert will also be performed on Friday, December 10, at 8PM.

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