The Western Reserve Chorale, Devon T. Gess, conductor, will perform Dr. Adams' setting of the traditional spiritual "I want to die easy" for mixed choir, incidental solo, and piano. Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the beautiful Harkness Hall at Case Western Reserve University; 11200 Bellflower Road; Cleveland, Ohio.
Inside scoop on this work, noted by the composer: "In the case of my special setting of the traditional minor mode spiritual, "I Want to Die Easy," it was part of my grad final exams at Ohio State. My professor gave me a single staffed melody with lyrics on a small sheet of paper. This as at noon one day. The assignment was to do a setting for mixed chorus and piano, due the next day at noon, completely finished. Fortunately, I fell in love with the melody's beautiful flow, and I loved doing the assignment. The work was completed for mixed choir SATB, with incidental solo (on second verse) and piano, and turned in by noon the following day. Since then it's been performed frequently by various choral groups, including tomorrow evening in University Circle.