Tag: Grace Episcopal Church

Translating A Sunset

As musicians, we translate written music—the composer’s instructions and all the technical demands—into an active, emotional experience for an audience. During our rehearsals, we often discuss where we think a piece is going—the story it’s telling, the images it brings to our minds, or…

Winter Songs & Carols: Our 2017 Concert Program

Thank you to everyone who came to hear Manitou Winds’ 2017 Winter Songs & Carols program. Each year, we put together a unique collection of songs in various styles performed on many different instruments to inspire you to embrace the entire season of winter….

There’s Still My Joy

“One tiny child can save the world One shining light can show the way Beyond these tears for what I’ve lost There’s still my joy for Christmas Day.” — from There’s Still My Joy by Beth Nielsen Chapman If you’ve attended a recent musical…

What the Stars Saw on the Prairie

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) from The Rest is Noise When my paternal grandmother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in December 2005, I had recently moved to Chicago and was unable to travel…

Dancing in the Sky

In her latest work, “Sky Dance”, Laura composed both the music and the lyrics, arranging for flute, clarinet, ukulele, guitar, harp, and a very special mother-daughter vocal duet.

Conferring with the Sun

“Sun Songs” by Jenni Brandon collects sacred poetry from three different Native American tribes, examining their beautiful and harmonious relationship with the earth. The work—a seamless song cycle containing three songs—demonstrates Jenni’s transcendent flair for “tone painting”.

A Bunch of Nonsense?

Can a composer use words to play with music rather than using music to play with words?

What’s in a Title?

With an evocative title and the composer’s clever use of colorful composition techniques, each audience member can journey to the destination the composer intends, and yet each can experience a different story or scene.

Winter Songs & Carols: Our Guest Vocalists

For our 2016 Winter Songs & Carols performances, we’re delighted to work with two talented vocalists who will grace the stage with their glittering interpretation of songs arranged especially for this year’s program: Christy Burich & Emily Curtin Culler!

A Manitou Christmas Medley

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. As creative director of Manitou Winds, I spend a lot of time searching through titles and listening to music, curating the individual pieces that…

Winter Songs & Carols: The Art of Collaboration

For our 2016 collaborating artist, Ellie Harold, winter is often a season of inner discovery. With the weather outside inhospitable for her paints and canvas, where else might an artist turn but inward?

Winter Songs & Carols: A Magical Evening

Manitou Winds’ premiere concert, Winter Songs & Carols, was a splendid event! We were delighted to share our music with so many of our friends, colleagues, Facebook fans — and even some new faces! We are grateful for all of your support and enthusiasm…

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