DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “This Thirsty Land”

I attended the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “This Thirsty Land.”

From the program: “Today — as a result of climate change, political decisions, wars, industry agriculture, deforestation — access to potable (and other) water is becoming an increasingly significant cause of population displacement, while at the same time flooding and rising waters levels are shifting peoples as well. Our program theme arises from this perspective.”

The choir was joined by Orpheus Choir of Toronto, which I was previously unaware of. For one piece the choirs were joined by a small orchestra.

Here’s the program — I’ll put a * beside pieces DaCapo sang, a + beside pieces Orpheus sang, and a ^ beside pieces the orchestra played.

  • Shimmering Water / Ice / Reflections — Bruce Sled*
  • Ave Maris Stella — Trond Kverno*
  • Sun on Water — Hussein Janmohamed*
  • There will come soft rains — Eriks Esenvalds+
  • Canticum calamitatis maritimae — Jaako Mantyjarvi+
  • The Water is Wide (O Waly, Waly) — John Rutter+
  • Water Night — Eric Whitacre*+
  • This Thirsty Land — Leonard Enns*+^
    • Great Sky
    • Sorella Acqua
    • Sound of Water
    • Small Blue Lake
    • Spirit of the Sea

The pieces I was familiar with, the Kverno and the Whitacre, both have stunning harmonies. Of the new pieces, the Mantyjarvi and the Enns struck me the most, and the oboe solo was particularly brilliant in the latter.

The combined choir and orchestra was perfectly balanced.

DaCapo is directed by Leonard Enns, and Orpheus by Robert Cooper. Orpheus’s apprentice conductor is Elise Naccarato, who conducted the Rutter.

The packed house gave the concert a standing ovation.

This is the last concert of DaCapo’s regular season, but they are also singing with the KW Symphony and a mass choir for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony May 12 & 13.

I previously discussed their concert “Reincarnations.”

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