Listen to the Earth

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM
Sarasota Opera House
61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Our planet Earth, the only home we’ve ever known, is front and center in this performance as we celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Our sun, moon, planet, and universe are all highlighted in this unique program, recognized as a sister-related cultural activity with the Smithsonian Institution’s Earth Optimism Symposium in Washington, DC (April 2020). Several Sarasota premieres and a WORLD PREMIERE of Listen to the Earth by James Grant are featured in this performance. Be the first to hear this stunning world premiere which was commissioned by Choral Artists of Sarasota along with the families of Richard and Daniel Moe, honoring the legacy of their contributions to society. See the full program below.

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“Raising Environmental Awareness through the Power of Music”

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Guest Soloist: Marcus DeLoach

American baritone Marcus DeLoach has been hailed by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times as “a fine baritone who puts words across with clarity and naturalness.” A leading performer of contemporary classical vocal music today, he has established himself in the areas of opera, concert, and cross-over. Following his debut at Opera Philadelphia as Bill Owens in the East Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain in 2016, DeLoach received critical acclaim for his creation of the roles of Senator Joseph McCarthy in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers at Cincinnati Opera, and the Minister in Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves at Opera Philadelphia. He reprised both roles for their New York premieres at the PROTOTYPE festival in 2017 and 2018 and went on to make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Senator McCarthy in Fellow Travelers in the spring of 2018.



David N. Childs
Canticle of the Sun – Pharaoh Akhnaten and St. Francis of Assisi texts celebrate our star
(Sarasota Premiere)

Jacob Narverud
Lunar Lullaby – imaginative text tells of the “celestial child” up there in the stars

Ola Gjeilo
Song of the Universal – Walt Whitman’s unabashed optimism, exuberance, and unwavering confidence in our deeper humanity is beautifully portrayed through music
(Sarasota Premiere)

Daniel Moe
Chief Seattle’s Psalm – the sacredness of the earth, delivered in a great oration by Chief Seattle, juxtaposed with the 24th Psalm of David. (Sarasota Premiere)

James Grant
Listen to the Earth – based on an original libretto written by composer James Grant, inspired by the writings of Apollo, Mercury, Gemini and Space Shuttle astronauts, as well as astronomer Carl Sagan. The libretto also includes texts by environmental philosopher John Muir and poet Robert W. Service, as well as the NASA transcript of the launch of Apollo 11. WORLD PREMIERE, commissioned by Choral Artists of Sarasota and the families of Richard Moe and Daniel Moe, honoring the legacy of Richard and Daniel Moe for their contributions to society.

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Price of event: $5 - $60