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Learn more about the featured composers for our July 18 performance, Beyond This World, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.
Trumbore’s piece, “Lodestar”, will be performed this Saturday as a part of the Choral Arts Initiative’s “BEYOND THIS WORLD” concert. She has this to say about the work:
I think of Diane Thiel's "Lodestar" as a sort of fable for adults. The poem describes life in the language of fairy tales and children's stories: "a trail of crumbs," "a handful of blue marbles," "how you wonder what you are."
There is a darkness here, too: "years spent / following the tracks of other things / that would chew off limbs / to free themselves, knowing / they would never grow back."
The last line of "Lodestar" was what ultimately persuaded me to set this poem to music: "Make sure you take a ship with you. Make sure you do. Even a swimmer as strong as you / needs a ship sometimes --even you."
I love the lyricism of Thiel's writing here, but more than that, this line offers such a quiet reassurance. Life is no fairy tale, and there is no correct path to follow; maybe we're not even as strong as we think we may be. Knowing this, though, we can look out for ourselves; whatever our "ship" is, when we remember it, it's there for us.
Hailed by the New York Times for her “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies deployed with finesse,” composer Dale Trumbore’s compositions have been performed widely in the United States and internationally by ensembles including the Kronos Quartet, ACME, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and the USC Thornton Symphony.
Trumbore’s interest in the convergence of music and language leads her to collaborate frequently with leading contemporary poets. Trumbore’s works for voice have been recorded by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Six Degree Singers, and soprano Gillian Hollis.
Trumbore holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from USC, where she studied with Donald Crockett and Morten Lauridsen, and a dual degree in Music Composition (B.M.) and English (B.A.) from the University of Maryland. In addition to her composing work, Trumbore serves on the Choral Arts Initiative’s Artistic Advisory Committee, a group of nationally recognized composers who review and advise on choral works submitted to the Choral Arts Initiative for performance and recording.
Lorraine Joy Welling