Sun Moon Earth and Sea Repertoire

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Here is a list of the pieces to be performed in the Evergreen Chorale concert, Sun, Moon, Earth and Sea.  Click on the italicized titles to listen to YouTube recordings of the pieces.

We are interested in a range of photographic images, including those of Sunsets and Sunrises; Ocean Scenes, Seals, Whales and Fish; Moutains, Waterfalls, Valleys; Bluebirds, Canaries, Cows, Kangaroos, Eels and Panthers; and more. Please review the lyrics and/or listen to the pieces for ideas. Photographers will be listed in the concert program and we can include a listing of your website if you wish.


The Lake Isle, Music by Ola Gjeilo, Text by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

The Isle of Innisfree is an uninhabited island within Lough Gill, in Co. Sligo, Ireland, where Yeats spent his summers as a child. We are looking for images of a calm lake, with trees and other idyllic scenes.

Animal Crackers Vol. 1, and Vol 2. Music by Eric Whitacre, Ogden Nash Text

The panther is like a leopard,
Except it hasn’t been peppered.
If you behold a panther crouch,
Prepare to say ouch.
Better yet, if called by a panther,
Don’t anther.

The cow is of the bovine ilk,
one end is moo, the other milk.

The firefly’s flame,
is something for which science has no name.
I can think of nothing eerier,
Than flying around with an unidentified glow on a person’s posterior.

The song of canaries
Never varies.
And when they’re molting
They’re pretty revolting.

I don’t mind eels
Except as meals.
And the way they feels.

O Kangaroo, O Kangaroo,
Be grateful that you’re in the zoo,
And not transmuted by a boomerang
Into zestful tangy Kangaroo meringue.

The Ground, Composer Ola Gjeilo

The Ground is based on a chorale from the last movement of Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass (2008), and we are looking for heavenly images with clouds and light coming through the clouds to illustrate this piece.

Sommarpsalm (Summer Hymn), Waldemar Ahlen

The rich dress of fresh green
has decorated the valley and the hills.
The flowers bloom in the meadow,
The wind delights the fields.
The sun’s rays in the wooded valley,
The waving willows,
Announce the coming of summer.
The joyful birds sing praises
Of their happiness and the peace of summer.
From forest edge, from the silent nest
Their songs ring out.
A song of joy and hope
Rises from their throats
And enlivens our souls.
But you, Oh God, make our place
so beautiful in the summer hours.
Make me pay heed to your word
And your message of mercy.
Flesh perishes, the flowers die,
The temporal passes,
The Word of the Lord remains.

We envision images of summer meadows, birds, summer forest images for this piece.

The Seal Lullaby, Music Eric Whitacre, Text Rudyard Kipling

Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us,
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, then soft be thy pillow,
Oh weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
Asleep in the arms of the slow swinging seas!
Asleep in the arms
Of the slow swinging seas!

For this piece, we are seeking images of the ocean, dark water, seals, and other sea scapes.

Earth Song, Composer Frank Ticheli

Sing, Be, Live, See
This dark stormy hour
The wind, it stirs
The scorched Earth cries out in vain

Oh war and power, you blind and blur
The torn heart cries out in pain

But music and singing have been my refuge
And music and singing shall be my light

A light of song, shining strong
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Through darkness and pain and strife
I’ll sing, I’ll be, live, see


Here we are looking for Earth images, stormy seas, and other images that feature sky and light.

Stars, Music Eriks Esenvalds, Text, Sara Teasdale

Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,

And a heaven full of stars
Over my head
White and topaz
And misty red;

Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
The aeons
Cannot vex or tire;

Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill
I watch them marching
Stately and still.

And I know that I
Am honored to be
Of so much majesty.

We anticipate using photos of night scenes, stars, moon and stars to accompany this piece.

Five Hebrew Love Songs, Music, Eric Whitacre, Text, Hila Plitmann

For these pieces, we are looking for snow scenes, tender flowers, soft images of  nature, flowers.

The Bluebird, Charles Villiers Stanford

The lake lay blue below the hill.
O’er it, as I looked, there flew
Across the waters, cold and still,
A bird whose wings were palest blue.The sky above was blue at last,
The sky beneath me blue in blue.
A moment, ere the bird had passed,
It caught his image as he flew.