While we continue to look forward to the return of live performance experiences down the road once public health guidelines allow it, this fall we will be releasing two “virtual choir” projects, made with individual recordings of our singers at home, combined through the magic of technology. Thankfully, we’ve been able to rehearse live and in-person (with lots of precautions) as a step in producing these projects, which is very satisfying and gives us an outcome informed by that real ensemble music-making.
Today, we’re excited to share the first of these virtual choir performance: Only In Sleep, featuring the music of Eriks Esenvalds, the poetry of Sara Teasdale, and soloist Elle Lyrette. Our video production includes footage captured of Elle with her son Giovanni, and family photos and clips submitted by members of the choir. It’s a heartfelt piece about dreaming of childhood. We hope you enjoy it!
Jordan Van Biert, Artistic Director
Soloist: Elle Lyrette
Featuring childhood photos and video clips of members of the choir, and some of our current children and family members!
Audio and Technical Team
Jordan Van Biert
Filming and Video Production
Steven Brese, Legacy Films
St. Timothy’s Anglican Church
Musica Baltica/Edition Peters
All our generous donors
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Edmonton Arts Council
Season Sponsor: Blindman Brewing
Text by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933):
Only in sleep I see their faces,
Children I played with when I was a child,
Louise comes back with her brown hair braided,
Annie with ringlets warm and wild.
Only in sleep time is forgotten—
What may have come to them, who can know?
Yet we played last night as long ago,
And the dollhouse stood at the turn of the stair.
The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces,
I met their eyes and found them mild—
Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder,
And for them am I too a child?
Video and Performance © 2020 Chronos Music Society of Alberta