Reaching for the Light: Music and Images of Flowers, Plants and Spring,
Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 8 PM Episcopal Divinity School Chapel, Cambridge, MA
with Miranda Loud, mezzo-soprano,Kyle Ferrill, baritone,Jocelyn Swigger and Brett Hodgdon, piano
Stunning and evocative projected images of flowers by photographer Carole Berney and Brian Jones compiled with texts, video installation and sounds by Miranda Loud, with additional video footage by Jennifer Kaplan of Spencer Films
pre-concert talk by the composer Forrest Pierce, Asst. Professor of Composition, U. Kansas
The program features the world premiere (written for Miranda Loud) of The Wild Iris: six poems by Louise Glück set to music by Forrest Pierce from Glück’s collection The Wild Iris, for which she won poet laureate. Also on the program: songs by Beethoven, Purcell, Debussy, Berlioz, Poulenc, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Arlen and Piaf.
Episcopal Divinity School Chapel, Cambridge, MA
The Song of the Earth
Friday June 1st, 2007, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA in Central Square
The chamber arrangement by Schoenberg of Gustav Mahler’s powerful Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)
with Charles Blandy, tenor, Miranda Loud, mezzo-soprano and the Minuteman Chamber Orchestra, Alan Yost, conductor
The program interweaves poetry, artwork and music which explore humanity’s relationship with the earth. The program opens with a presentation by 8 teenage artists from the Artists for Humanity program discussing their nature-related paintings. Actress Alexandra Borrie reads a poem by Maya Angelou. The Mahler is the centerpiece. Artwork made by over 200 children from Jane Goodall’s ‘Roots & Shoots’ program envisioning “a world in harmony” will be on display at the reception. This concert is our first collaboration with children and teens who understand and express the healing power of art and music.
“Carols for Dancing” – Stories and Myths of the Fir Tree
Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 4 PM
Readings interwoven with music of the season by the acclaimed group Renaissonics, with guest artist Miranda Loud and local narrators. (100 trees planted), Bemis Hall, Lincoln, MA
The Soul of the Night – Music of Evening, Night and the Dawn, March 10 at 8 PM -Harvard-Epworth Church in Harvard Square
Readings from Chet Raymo’s book of essays, The Soul of the Night, projections from the Hubble Telescope, and music for mezzo soprano and baritone by composers Debussy, Faure, Barber, Eastburn, Hundley, Schumann, Brahms, and others.
Miranda Loud, mezzo-soprano, Kyle Ferrill, baritone, Alan Murchie and Jocelyn Swigger, pianists. Narrator Bill Mootos
Compiled and Conceived by Miranda Loud
First performed in New York City in 1998 to an audience of over two hundred, this program has evolved, most recently performed in February of 2004 with fewer singers and different musical selections. After reading Chet Raymo’s book The Soul of the Night – An Astronomical Pilgrimage: Essays on the night sky, Miranda Loud envisioned a mystical concordance between his evocative descriptions and the music of the spheres — unified in huge projections of constellations and supernovae behind the performers. The musical text is superimposed over the images from the Hubble telescope, allowing the audience to sit in near darkness without the distraction of looking at their programs.
More about Chet Raymo’s The Soul of the Night – An Astronomical Pilgrimage.
In the visionary yet intimate tradition of Carl Sagan and Lewis Thomas, The Soul of the Night joins science to the deeper personal concerns of philosophy. It is an astronomer’s odyssey through the heavens, bonding the glorious, mysterious phenomena of the night sky to the workings of the human mind and psyche. It is an exploration of how the stars reinforce our humanity, one that moves through the realms of mythology, literature, religion, history, and anthropology for its inspiration.