A lively choral tradition
North America has a lively choral tradition. In the last decades, composers have enriched the repertoire considerably, such as Eric Whitacre. Photonen performs Three Flower Songs, that he composed to poems by Dickinson, García Lorca and Waller.
Ola Gjeilo, born in Norway but living in the US for quite some time now, composed Unicornis Captivatur to an intriguing late medieval fairytale-like monastic text, and Northern Lights.
In the US spirituals are an important source of inspiration. Photonen presents several of them in exciting arrangements. Especially for this programme Jeroen Spitteler made an arrangement of Lay this body down. This same spiritual inspired composer David Lang to write Oh Graveyard.
The great masters of American choral music are presented by Four Motets by Aaron Copland, an important highlight of American choral tradition, and Samuel Barber's To be sung on the water. The latter work adds a beautiful, meditative touch to the programme. More information via De Waalse Kerk