- OLA GJEILO The Spheres (‘Kyrie’ from Sunrise Mass)
- RANDALL THOMPSON Choose Something Like a Star
- OLA GJEILO Northern Lights
- FRODE FJELLHEIM Night Yoik
- GREG JASPERSE Voice Dance
- GLYN LEHMANN Apollo 11 (Homecoming)
- ERIKS ESENVALDS Stars
- JOHN PURIFOY Solstice
- ERIC WHITACRE Lux Aurumque
- MORTEN LAURIDSEN Sure On This Shining Night
- ERIC WHITACRE Glow
- PAUL HALLEY Voices of Light
Those of us who live in the northern countries are fascinated by the mystery that surrounds the winter solstice. It’s observance and celebration are very ancient. At this time of the year we are more attuned to the vast cosmic space that envelopes our day-to-day world and we look for ways to experience the wonder of the stars, the moon and that greatest of all light shows, the Northern Lights. This concert hopes to do just that with music by composers who are mainly from northern regions and who are inspired to create an atmosphere and a mood of the mystical, who are inspired by the natural phenomena of the night sky. This compelling music speaks of the resplendence of the cosmos.
Joining the choir will be saxophonist George Laidlaw, who will improvise in the piece called ‘Night Yoik’, inspired by the Sami people from northern Scandanavia. As well, flutist Ingrid Crozman will call up the stars with the virtuoso flute part that dances over ‘Voices of Light’. Grace Yip will accompany on the piano and Ron Fox will play shimmering chords behind the choir, building to a tremendous climax on the 3,000-pipe pipe organ.
In addition, we will observe the 50th anniversary of the Landing on the Moon with the final movement of a new song cycle called ‘Space Race’ by Australian composer, Glyn Lehmann. In ‘Homecoming’ the goal has been achieved, and now we experience the tense drama of returning the three astronauts home safely.