The Light on the Land
Saturday, April 6, 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 7: 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 13: 5:00 pm
$20 general admission; $15 senior/student
at Boulder Body Wear, 95th and Arapahoe (cash/check only)
or from singers.
The concert will run two hours with one intermission.
Please allow extra time for parking.
Doors open a half hour before concert time.
Concert location: First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce St., Boulder
See below for important parking information.
Resonance Women’s Chorus’ spring concert, The Light on the Land, is an immersion in the nourishing beauty of the natural world. “We say that Resonance Women’s Chorus sings ‘songs of social awareness.’ All of our concerts are variations on the theme of paying attention. They are our response to ‘now,’” said Resonance Artistic Director Sue Coffee. “We take a lot of time learning the music, living with it, and talking about it. I’m grateful to this particular concert for the way it has been replenishing me. One singer shared that this concert has been shoring her up as an activist, and I have felt the same way. We turn to the beauty of nature in search of organic sanity and in support of visionary activism.”
This concert has been inspired by the writing of Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book, Braiding Sweetgrass. She offers an inspiring re-framing of the relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world as founded in gift exchange and reciprocity. We also ground this concert in the poetry of Mary Oliver: “...Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting — over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”
Two works on the program were written specifically for Resonance. Boulder composer Gary Grundei’s intimate setting of Carl Sandburg’s Under the Harvest Moon is ingeniously based on musical material from J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Marjan Helms’ quietly ecstatic Salmon Run is about, in the composer’s words, “living and dying with faith in the goodness of both...faith so strong you’re willing to swim against the current…and race toward what calls to you as home.”
The program includes music by brilliant contemporary choral composers including Craig Hella Johnson, Joan Szymko, Jake Runestad, David Brunner, and Ola Gjeilo, as well as singer-songwriters Jane Siberry and Susan Crowe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more, with settings of poetry and text by Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Wendell Berry, Carl Sandburg, Susan B. Anthony, and Dorothy Walters.
This program is not intended for children; audience members should be happy about sitting in rapt attention for two hours. Much of the beauty in a program like this comes in the softnesses.
Parking at First United Methodist Church: The church parking lot is closed completely during construction of the new Attention Homes Apartments, residential living for homeless and runaway youths. The entrance to the private parking garage across the street is on the one-way 15th St., accessible from Pearl; this garage is not free on weekends. City parking garages are free on Saturday and Sunday. The nearest one is a block and a half away, on 15th just south of Pearl. Please plan to arrive early, as nearby parking can be difficult to find. Important note: The circle at the front door is open for drop-offs, but not for parking.
Spring 2019 calendar: Coming Up
Free Mom Hugs/Out Boulder County
Sun., May 5, 4:00-6:00 pm
United Church of Christ, Longmont
Resonance will open the program with a short set.
See https://www.outboulder.org/events/2019/5/5/free-mom-hugs for more information.
Click here to read about past performances.
Photo credit Jack Greene Photography