University Chorus: American Songs and Spirituals
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor
A program of American Traditional and Spirituals, as well as James Whitbourn’s Luminosity, written for choir, viola, tanpura, tam-tam, and organ.
Whitbourn’s Luminosity is a multi-media work, commissioned by the conductor James Jordan of Westminster Choir College for the Westminster Williamson Voices, the women of the Westminster Schola Cantorum, the Blair Academy Singers (conducted by William Hammer) and the black-light dance company Archedream, for performance in Philadelphia Cathedral, April, 2008. The text, compiled and edited by the composer, centers on the transcendent beauty of creation expressed by luminaries down the ages. Texts are taken from the writings of St. John, St. Teresa of Avila, Ryonen, St. Augustine, Julian of Norwich, and St. Isaac of Nineveh.