Bob Chilcott: Circlesong – Houston Chamber Choir, Robert Simpson

January 27, 2022, 9:00 am

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A work filled with ambition, Bob Chilcott’s Circlesong is a musical portrayal of the human life cycle as captured in the indigenous poetry of North America. Based on poetry from the Chinook, Comanche, Dakota, Eskimo, Iroquois, Kwakiutl, Navajo, Ojibwa, Pueblo, Seminole, Sioux, and Yaqui traditions, the thirteen movements, in seven parts, mark the different stages of life, from birth and childhood to adulthood, middle age, and death. With energetic percussion accompaniment, climactic moments for full choir, tender unaccompanied passages, and solo song, Circlesong is a work of impressive drama, variety, and depth, performed here by the Houston Chamber Choir under Robert Simpson.