Music of the Spheres (2021)




Music of the Spheres is a live recording from Halifax Camerata Singers’ second concert in their 2018-19 ‘Look Up to the Heavens’ season. Under the direction of Jeff Joudrey and in collaboration with special guest narrator Ben Caplan, watch and listen and remember your sense of limitless wonder while looking at the Milky Way on a crystal-clear night. Let the lush harmonies of the music and the beauty of the poetry reflect like light off the gorgeous visuals accompanying this release. And in spite of the world’s many challenges, may a sense of awe, marvel, and hope in something much greater than we see around us linger long after the closing chords.

1. “There are stars…” | Hannah Senesh
Ben Caplan, narrator
2. Lux Aurumque | Eric Whitacre
Jodie Miller, soprano
3. “The Names of Stars” | Mi’kmaq Legend
Lara Lewis, narrator
4. grandmother moon | Eleanor Daley *
5. “Stars” | Lucy Haché *
Lucy Haché, narrator
6. Sure on This Shining Night | Morten Lauridsen
7. “Stars” | Marjorie Pickthall *
Ben Caplan, narrator
8. Northern Lights | Ola Gjeilo
9. “Sand from the Gobi Desert” | Lorna Crozier *
Ben Caplan, narrator
10. Earth Song | Frank Ticheli
11. “Journal Sept. 10-11, 1755” | Colonel John Winslow
Ben Caplan, narrator
12. “C’est Loin (Halte numéro 10)” | Gabriel Robichaud *
Elyse Delaney, narrator
Music of the Spheres
13. Ave maris stella | Kathleen Allan *
14. “The Peace of Wild Things” | Wendell Berry
Ben Caplan, narrator
15. Shenandoah | Trad. /James Erb
16. “Follow the Drinking Gourd” | Trad. African American
Ben Caplan, narrator
17. Bright Morning Stars | Trad. Appalachian / arr. Shawn Kirchner
David Caldwell, tenor
18. “Return to Earth: An Astronaut’s
View of Coming Home” | Leroy Chiao
Ben Caplan, narrator
19. The Road Home | arr. Stephen Paulus
Juliette Moncada, soprano
20. “Le Petit Prince/The Little Prince” | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Ben Caplan, narrator; with Thomas James VanSlyke
21. Underneath the Stars | Kate Rusby / arr. Jim Clements
Elyse Delaney, mezzo soprano
John Lindsay-Botten, tenor

* Canadian composer or writer


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