RAISING ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS THROUGH THE POWER OF CHORAL MUSIC
One of Florida's most dynamic and versatile professional choral ensembles, Choral Artists of Sarasota, invites all American, Canadian and international choruses to join the Listen To The Earth Project, a call for choruses to partner with local environmental groups to present in their local communities environment-themed programs during the 2019-20 concert season in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, which will fall on April 22, 2020.
Our mission is to expand the role of the chorus by encouraging community engagement in issues of social responsibility—in this case, to inspire more conscious stewardship of our planet through enlivening environmental awareness.
Project partners are encouraged to participate in the commissioning of a significant new environment-themed cantata for baritone solo, mixed chorus, children's chorus (optional arr. for three treble soloists) and orchestra composed by Aaron Copland Award-winning American/Canadian composer James Grant. The new cantata, called Listen to the Earth, is specifically being composed for the Listen to the Earth Project and will be appropriate for collegiate, community and professional choral groups. The accompaniment for orchestra will be tailored for collegiate and advanced youth orchestras and will be ideal for community and professional orchestras. James Grant also is creating two alternate versions of the accompaniment to accommodate smaller choruses and smaller budgets: for 8-piece chamber ensemble, and for piano alone.
Our environment-themed 50th Anniversary Earth Day concerts during the 2019-20 season will underscore to our communities that Earth is the only home we’ve got and that the time to act as responsible stewards is now—not tomorrow.
Email composer James Grant with any questions by clicking the link below.
Preview the 6-minute wordless choral meditation
from Listen To The Earth