Here is a brief introduction to The Five Seasons:
Back in 2010, I was inspired by Rachel Carson’s words in A Sense of Wonder, where she wrote, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” So, I set out to compose a work for mixed voices and a small ensemble, to tell a story through music and poetry of our relationship with the natural environment and our journey from birth to death, inextricably linked to the natural world. Eight singers and nine musicians take the audience on a compelling ‘birth to death ‘journey that begins in spring and travels through summer, late summer, fall and finally ends in winter. Texts for The Five Seasons are comprised of poems from cultures around the planet, and all, except the texts I have written, are in the public domain. Internationally renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson provided initial funding of $10,000 for me to compose The Five Seasons. The Music Division of The Canada Council then awarded me a grant of $12,000 to complete the composition.
The Five Seasons is a collaborative partnership with The David Suzuki Foundation. The world premiere and gala will open on June 19, 2020, with two concerts following on June 20. The concerts will be held at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. Donna Wong-Juliani is co-producing The Five Seasons.
Here is a ten-minute digital mp3 demo and a piano/vocal PDF of the demo. The full-length work runs 80 minutes.