Dan Locklair begins his Holiday Season in Cambridge, MA with the world premieres of two new choral works: December 3rd brings the first performance of WINTER (from the forgottens) followed by Creator of the Stars of Night on December 4th.
WINTER (from the forgottens) — a four-movement choral cycle for SATB, SSAA and TTBB choruses and piano — was commissioned by Andrew Clark (Director of Choral Activities) for the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society. “[Both choirs] annually join forces to present a holiday concert for the Harvard and Cambridge communities,” Clark observes. “In addition to presenting familiar and cherished pieces for the season, we wanted to invigorate this performance by commissioning a new work set [to] meaningful and inclusive texts that reflected the spirit and essence of the season…We [also] needed our commission to be substantive and well-crafted [and] provide an opportunity for our groups to perform both separately and combined….Dan Locklair came to mind immediately [and] his composition exceeded our highest hopes; Dan composed a dynamic work, poignant and thrilling, festive and sublime.”
Creator of the Stars of Night receives its first hearing the following morning, during the Harvard University Choir’s Advent service at The Memorial Church. Music director Edward Jones shares, “… Andrew Clark had commissioned a big work from Dan to be [premiered], and we thought it would be nice to give the premiere of ‘Stars’ while the composer is in Cambridge. I’ve performed several of [Dan’s] works in the past and love his writing both for organ and choir…Through [his] subtle interweaving of two famous advent melodies, CONDITOR ALME and PICARDY, this luminous work evokes the mysticism and awe so apt for this season of expectation.”