From the Director

The concert begins with a set of three pieces by Canadian composer Stephen Chatman, entitled Voices of Earth. All three texts are by Canadian poet Archibald Lampman (1861-1899) who has been called “the Canadian Keats.” The first piece of the set, The Bird and the Hour, has softly flowing melodies with undulating piano accompaniment that reflects the idyllic scene of a hermit bird singing in the quiet Ontario countryside.