Civitas Ensemble chose the following musical selections for its Springtime Sonder program to narrate the universal emotional journey during these trying times. After a year of separation from our friends, loved ones, and any sense of normalcy, we want to acknowledge the isolation, reflection, anger, and hope that we have all experienced.
Stacy Garrop’s The Solitude of Stars depicts the vast emptiness of the night sky over a still, hushed landscape. The unsettling stillness of this beautiful work reflects the loneliness and introspection that followed the sudden lockdown, while Jennifer Higdon’s Fiery Red offers a cathartic release of the frustration and distress caused by tragic loss, suffering, and uncertainty.
With this anguish, we plea for healing. A collection of African-American spirituals set by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor gives us a chance to repair, reconnect, and revitalize our belief in our own resilience.
The program ends with Astor Piazzolla’s tango-inspired take on The Four Seasons, which reminds us that winter becomes spring. Once again, we are filled with hope and we dance to our collectiveness.