Catherine Madsen libretto; Teresa Wakim soprano
Jason McStoots tenor; David Kravitz bass; Donald Wilkinson bass
Lisa Brooke violin I; Sonja Larson violin II; Sandra Nortier viola
Reinmar Seidler cello; Darryl Hollister piano; Joanna Taylor soprano
Leah Souder mezzo-soprano; Brian Abascal tenor; Kevin Verrette bass
Navona Records is proud to present the debut commercial release from the critically acclaimed Coro Allegro, Boston’s chorus for members and friends of the LGBT community. This album, AWAKENINGS, features two extraordinary works by composers from the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts: Shofar by Robert Stern, an intensely dramatic and deeply moving oratorio inspired by the four arresting calls of the shofar; and Why I Wake Early by Ronald Perera, with text drawn from the poetry of Mary Oliver. Both pieces have a similar underlying cyclical structure, moving from light through darkness, then emerging or awakening, with a renewed sense of restoration.
Regarded as one of the finest choruses in Boston, Coro Allegro, led by Artistic Director David Hodgkins, is dedicated to building social and musical bridges through high-quality performances of significant choral works and expanding the available repertoire for music. Their riveting, dramatic, and inspiring performances have received widespread critical acclaim through the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Music Intelligencer, and many others.