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Colors Passing Through Us

Here is my bouquet, here is a singsong of all the things you makeme think of, here is obliquepraise for the height and depthof you and the width too.Here is my box of new crayons at your feet. from “Colors Passing Through Us”, (New… Continue Reading “Colors Passing Through Us”

The Art of Collaboration: Thomas Bara

This article was published in preparation for our Spring 2018 performance. We’re proud to collaborate once again with Thomas Bara on October 15, 2022, and so we’re sharing it again! The organ studio at Interlochen Arts Academy is thoroughly alive and continues to thrive… Continue Reading “The Art of Collaboration: Thomas Bara”

It starts with a downbeat

Manitou Winds

This post was originally published in preparation for our May 2016 performance. We’re sharing it again in anticipation of the world premiere of Jason’s first two works for symphony orchestra! We hope you’ll join us Saturday, July 9, as Manitou Winds joins with the… Continue Reading “It starts with a downbeat”

2021 Winter Songs & Carols

Winter Songs & Carols | Grace Episcopal Traverse City

Ah, yes again, the mellow sun is cooler. Days are short and nights are longer by the fire of family love. The evening speaks of hearts together now; the harvest done, and gone to rest for winter’s coming home. – G. Norbett I’m sure… Continue Reading “2021 Winter Songs & Carols”

Father Christmas Bread

We have to make Christmas happen. I remember when that staggering thought occurred to me. I was 25, and it was my first Christmas in Chicago. Cold wind and nothing but darkness outside my window save for the unfeeling light of streetlamps. Sidewalks full… Continue Reading “Father Christmas Bread”

Finding the Words

This post was written in preparation for our May 2019 concert, Found Objects. “Music takes a long time to speak—much longer than words by themselves” —Ralph Vaughan Williams Poetry and song have been natural companions since time immemorial, but in Western Classical music, it… Continue Reading “Finding the Words”

Found Objects

Do inanimate objects have a narrative, a story to tell from their perspective? Can ordinary objects be viewed as works of art? Artists have explored this concept throughout history in one form or another, but composer Jenni Brandon (b. 1977) may be the first… Continue Reading “Found Objects”

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… Continue Reading “Translating A Sunset”

A Celtic Summertide: Thank You!

Thank You to everyone who came out to experience “A Celtic Summertide” with us at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort! It was a lovely evening of music and art made all the lovelier by the warmth of your company. The gallery became filled… Continue Reading “A Celtic Summertide: Thank You!”

The Old Ash Tree

One of my fondest memories of moving to our home in northern Michigan was waking up on the morning after the move, looking out the window, and seeing the old ash tree at the edge of the front lawn. It was majestic and stately,… Continue Reading “The Old Ash Tree”