Canticle of Mary
Canticle of Mary is a haunting, yet beautiful piece performed by Cypress Lake Center for the Art's Women's Chorus. This piece expresses Mary's own description of her son, and is quite the hymn in both style and textual effect. With the use of handbells, and the accompaniment of piano and oboe, this song gives deep musical and emotional death to the voice of Mary. Special recognition to Brittany Russell, vocal dept. class of 2016, who accompanied this choir on the oboe.
Panta Rhei (All Thing Are In Flux) is a piece made up of of Greek phrases and words that represent inner strength within the cycles of life. The interesting patterns and rhythms give an even deeper sense of complexity to this unique piece. The composer set the music for a women's choir because of the strength of women throughout the trials of life. What sells the piece for both the audience and the performers is the use of large bamboo sticks as percussion instruments. This piece is truly one of a kind, and it provides such a great message for all listeners.
The Singing Heart
This performance of The Singing Heart is from the Florida Vocal Association District Music Performance Assessment at North Port High School in March of 2015. The beautiful piece features double choir and handbells. Comments received from the adjudicators for this performance - "umm...ok...WOW.. Thank You. This was a Musical Feast of Genius" "The sheer beauty & perfection brought tears to my eyes" "As a choral musician, I live for the day I can experience things like this. You have more than just skill, you have passion! Unbelievable. Thank you for sharing this with us.
In Remembrance - Jeffrey Ames
Notes from the composer -
In Remembrance is in response to the tragic accident that took the lives of Dr. William (Bill) Potts, Becca his daughter, and Anna his youngest daughter on July 4, 2002. Bill was a choral parent and Becca was one of my students during my tenure as Director of Choral Activities at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida. This piece is written in their memory and dedicated to the surviving members of the immediate family: Jayne, wife and mother; Elisabeth, eldest daughter and sister; Jason, Elisabeth's husband, and Will, only son and brother.
This text also suits the events that have recently occurred in our world. I believe In Remembrance carries a message of healing, peace, and hope applicable to many situations and personal circumstances. This piece reflects my sadness, for I know I will never see the smiling faces of Bill, Becca and Anna Potts again on this Earth. However, this piece also reflects my joy, for I know they are at rest and I will one day see them again in Heaven. -- Jeffery Ames
Accompanists were Sabrina Gruber, piano and David Song, violin.