New Amsterdam Singers salutes American composers who have chosen great poetry — from Hilaire Belloc to e.e. cummings — with expressive references to dreams. These works span 80 years, from Louise Talma’s charming Let’s Touch the Sky from 1952 to Judith Shatin’s 2021 La Frontera, a poignant setting of poems by an undocumented teenager at the U.S. southern border, to Dale Trumbore’s Charting the World, a newly commissioned piece that will receive its world premiere at this concert. After our first-ever collaboration in May 2022, The Harlem Chamber Players will again join the chorus on this program, performing a string quartet by composer, poet, and jazz saxophonist Frederick C. Tillis.
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Charting the World, World premiere, commissioned by NASDale Trumbore
La Frontera Judith Shatin
Most Holy Night Carol Barnett
You Can Tell the World Alice Parker
The Road Home Stephen Paulus
Let’s Touch the Sky Louise Talma
To Sit and Dream Rosephanye Powell
Spiritual Fantasy No. 12 Frederick C. Tillis