Pitt-Greensburg Chorale & Chambers Singers to perform

The Pitt-Greensburg Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform their fall semester concert on Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is entitled "The Raven Steals the Light: A Choral Collage."

This performance, conducted by Music Director Chris Bartley, will highlight the music of composer Eric Whitacre, Richard Einhorn, J. Aaron McDermid, and many others in the telling of the Haida myth of the “Raven Steals the Light” through music, image, and word. Stephen Schrum, PhD, associate professor of Theatre Arts at Pitt-Greensburg, will narrate the story during the concert.

The Haida (pronounced HIGH-dah) are an indigenous nation of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. The most important figure in their mythology is the Raven, a trickster through whose cunning games comes all of the wonders of man and nature.

In the tale "The Raven Steals the Light," the Raven, tired of groping around in the darkness of the world, crafts a plan to take all the light of the universe from an old man who has secreted all the light in a tiny box concealed within many boxes. Through magic and deceit, the Raven makes his way into the man's home and convinces the man to give him the light. The Raven escapes into the world, thus bringing light into the universe. The complete story will be shared by the 18-voice Chorale.

The inspiration for the program comes from the work of Canadian artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). Haida mythology, particularly the striking figure of the Raven, was the predominant subject of Reid's drawings, sculptures, and metal works. Many of his representations of the Raven and the story of the Light will appear during the performance.

In addition the Chorale and 10-voice Chamber Singers will perform works of composer Claudio Monteverdi, featuring the madrigal "Ecco Mormorar L'onde," a celebration of the light of dawn over waters of the ocean.

 

 

 

Publication Date

Friday, December 9, 2011 - 10:14am

Summary

The Pitt-Greensburg Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform their fall semester concert on Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is entitled "The Raven Steals the Light: A Choral Collage." This performance, conducted by Music Director Chris Bartley, will highlight the music of composer Eric Whitacre, Richard Einhorn, J. Aaron McDermid, and many others in the telling of the Haida myth of the “Raven Steals the Light” through music, image, and word. Stephen Schrum, PhD, associate professor of Theatre Arts at Pitt-Greensburg, will narrate the story during the concert.