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Four of the eight movements of secular requiem How to Go On set texts by poet Laura Foley. Her poems alternate between the intensely personal and something more akin to the gentlest of instructions: a way to live one's life, even when it becomes incomprehensibly challenging.
However difficult you think it might be,
it is yours, this life,
even the failures
even the garden, though it be unkempt,
—Laura Foley, excerpt from “Autumn Musings”
Throughout How to Go On, soloists from within Choral Arts Initiative narrate text in the first-person—questioning, learning—with the choir as a whole taking the part of a reassuring, wiser voice.
In the following interview, Trumbore and Foley discuss how writing can become a spiritual act, Foley's connection to fellow How to Go On poet Barbara Crooker, and the real-life locations that inspire Foley's vivid poetic imagery. Foley is the author of five poetry collections, including Syringa and Night Ringing. Her poem “Gratitude List” recently won the Common Good Books poetry contest and was read by Garrison Keillor on “A Prairie Home Companion.”
I first met Jennifer Garza-Cuen while we were both in residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts last summer. There, I was composing secular requiem How to Go On for Choral Arts Initiative; Jennifer was working on a series of photographs and essays also dealing with themes of loss and grief. Jennifer's landscape photography often favors dark, sprawling skies about to break into a storm, and I found myself drawn to the starkness and originality of her images.
This photo, taken by Jennifer during our residency, will become the cover image of How to Go On, Choral Arts Initiative's first commercial recording. Below is an interview with Jennifer about this image, the first of a series of interviews about the creative process behind How to Go On.
Choral Arts Initiative has commissioned Dale Trumbore for a choral work to be premiered July 19, 2014!
We are thrilled to announce that we have selected Dale Trumbore to fulfill our very first commissioned work! Our Music Director, Brandon, and Dale have been collaborating since November about the text, style, and overall concept of the piece. We hope you will join us in our excitement to bring a new piece of choral music to life! Dale writes:
The composers featured at our premiere performance have had nothing but wonderful things to say about the Choral Arts Initiative. We are truly honored to receive such warm feedback. Here's just a few excerpts:
First and foremost, welcome to our website! We hope this website has provided you with more information about who we are, and more importantly, about our first performance as an ensemble! While choral music from all time periods is our passion, we strive to highlight new choral works by living composers. For aficionados or recent discoverers of choral music: you can attend this concert prepared to hear works you've never heard before by composers that you perhaps haven't heard of. Starting a new choral ensemble isn't easy. Your attendance and support helps us continue to grow as an organization, and allows us to foster the beautiful art that is choral music. I hope you'll join us. . . I'd love to meet you, and I know the choir would as well.
Lorraine Joy Welling