An Earth Day Playlist

April 20, 2024, 4:00 pm

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Lakeside view of Grinnell Point and Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana.
Glacier National Park, Montana (IIP Photo Archive, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

With climate change being one of the greatest risks to human civilization, artists are using their voices as a call to action. This episode’s playlist both laments and celebrates the natural world and includes selections from Alex Berko’s Sacred Place, Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered, and the brand new recording of Stacy Garrop’s Terra Nostra.


Christopher Tin: The Lost Birds — An Extinction Elegy
IX. All that could never be said
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christopher Tin, conductor

Alex Berko: Sacred Place — An Ecological Service
I. Opening Prayer
II. Amidah
III. Shema
Kathlene Ritch, soprano
Haitham Haidar, tenor
Carla McElhaney, piano
Sandy Yamamoto, violin
Daniel Kopp, cello
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Mass for the Endangered
IV. Credo
Gabriel Crouch, conductor
View the text by Nathaniel Bellows HERE.

Stacy Garrop: Terra Nostra
II. God’s World
III. On thine own child
IV. Smile O Voluptuous cool-breathed earth!
VI. Locksley Hall
VII. Railways 1846
VIII. A Song of Speed
IX. High Flight
XVI. A Child said, What is the grass?
XVIII. A Blade of Grass / I bequeath myself
Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
Leah Dexter, mezzo-soprano
Jesse Donner, tenor
David Govertsen, bass-baritone
Uniting Voices
Northwestern University Chorale
Alice Millar Chapel Choir
Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra
Stpehen Alltop, conductor
View the libretto HERE.