Release Date: July 1, 2013
Catalog #: NV5923
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir

Voices Of Earth And Air

Works For Chorus

Michael G. Cunningham composer
Alexandra Ottaway composer
Carol Barnett composer
David Dickau composer
Karen Tarlow composer

Kuhn Mixed Choir | Marek Vorlicek conductor
The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum conductor
Cornell University Chorus | Scott Tucker conductor
2004-2006 Minnesota Woman’s All-State Choir | Mary Alice Stollak conductor
Lyricora | C. Thomas Brooks conductor
Vox Futura | Harold Rosenbaum guest conductor

The poet has long been considered a vehicle for expressing human thought and emotion through literary device, setting the seemingly indescribable to text, offering direction to the enamored and forlorn alike. The human voice adds a new element to the text, providing an additional level of complexity and expressiveness. Like the texts that provide the source material, the works on VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR a compilation of choral works from five composers explore the deepest corners of the human condition, encapsulating the thrill of romantic emotion, the thirst for adventure, the expressive beauty of language, hope despite hardship, and more.

The choral works by Michael G. Cunningham, Karen Tarlow, Carol Barnett, Alexandra Ottaway, and David Dickau are emotionally interpreted by Lyricora (C. Thomas Brooks, conductor), the New York Virtuoso Singers (Harold Rosenbaum, conductor), the Kuhn Mixed Choir (Marek Vorlicek, conductor), the Cornell University Chorus (Scott Tucker, conductor), the 2005-2006 Minnesota Women’s All-State Choir (Mary Alice Stollak, conductor), and Vox Futura (Harold Rosenbaum, conductor), with clarinetists Katerina Cerm·kov·, Josef Jar·bek, Nela Durn&‌igrave;kov·, Veronika Hofmanov·, and Yhasmin Valenzuela; pianists Jaroslav äaroun, James Gregory, John Rowehl, Christine Starr, Xixi Zhou, Michael Monroe, and Hannah Shields; harpist Hana Mullerova and vocalist soloists Alena Hellerov·, Michaela ärumov·, Jessica Rossi, Mauri Tetrault, Mark Tempesta, and Thaddeus Bell.

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Artist Information

Michael G. Cunningham

Composer

Michael G. Cunningham was born in Warren MI in 1937 and holds music degrees from Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and Indiana University. After limited teaching appointments at four different universities, he remained Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire from 1973 to 2006. Since 1958 Cunningham has created a large catalog of various types of music for all manner of performer combinations and situations.

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Alexandra Ottaway

Composer

Alexandra Ottaway has worked in different styles of music, from teaching with her NY State (K-12 Vocal) public school license to folk-rock recording, and from singing in A Capella choruses to accompanying bigger ones (adult and student). Her first instrument is piano. Ottaway started composing in 1980 and since 2007 has been revisiting the atonal universe in addition to songwriting. She got her BA in music from The Columbia School of General Studies and an MA in Music Education from NYU. She lives in Western MA with her husband and her cat.

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Carol Barnett

Composer

Carol Barnett’s music has been called audacious and engaging. Her varied catalog includes works for solo voice, piano, chorus, diverse chamber ensembles, orchestra, and wind ensemble. She has received grants and fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France (1991), the Inter-University Research Committee on Cyprus (1999), the Jerome Foundation (2002), and the McKnight Foundation (2005).

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David Dickau

Composer

Dr. David Dickau is a choral conductor and composer residing in Mankato, Minnesota where he is Director of Choral Activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As a part of his duties, Dr. Dickau conducts the Concert Choir and teaches conducting and composition. Dr. Dickau holds advanced degrees in Choral Music from Northwestern University (Evanston IL) and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles CA) where he studied with Morten Lauridsen and Rodney Eichenberger. He has taught choral music on both the high school and college levels and has conducted community and church choirs.

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Karen A. Tarlow

Composer

Born in the Boston MA area, Karen A. Tarlow now lives in Western Massachusetts and composes music on commission. She has written for a wide range of vocal and instrumental forces, including ballets, solo and chamber works, choral music and music for orchestra. Most recently (2011), she composed a new work for Mak’hela: The Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts; new music for the Da Camera Singers; and completed music for a series of multi-media ballets and puppet shows for children for Picture Book Theatre and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

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