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Ben Taylor

We are delighted to announce our 2004-2005 Composer-in- Residence, Mr. Benjamin Taylor.
Read Ben's bio.

As Composer-in- Residence, Benjamin is interested in bringing collaborative projects to the fore.  His new works for the 2004-2005 season will incorporate local poets and focus on themes of both regional and ultimately human relevance.  In pursuit of this goal, Benjaminís first project addressed a site of historic beauty and national recognition, the Bodega Cemetery, in a setting of poetry by local literary legend, Don Emblen.  And in a further effort to engage the larger community of artists in Sonoma County, a 17-year-old photographer and Summerfield Waldorf student, Ellya Hoex, was chosen to create a photo-essay about the Bodega Cemetery.  Her work was displayed at concert venues in conjunction with the premiere of Benjaminís new work.

Our Composer Residency is a new program, created as a vehicle for fostering the vitality of our regionís arts culture, particularly focusing on the creation of new choral music in partnership with other local artists and arts organizations.  The Composer-in-Residence will create new musical works for each of the three concert series of the regular season.

Visit
www.benjamintaylor.net
for more on Ben.

 

2004-2005 Season Performances:
Homeward Bound

"Occidental Road,"  Walter Thompson, 2004; color photograph Made in America 3
Mostly Americana
October 22, 23, 24, 2004

 

Works by

Charles Ives

Randall Thompson

Stephen Foster

Moses Hogan

Etc

 

Plus new choral music by Benjamin Taylor

with words by former Sonoma County Poet Laureate

Don Emblen

and

accompanying photo essay by Ellya Hoex

 

Friday
October 22, 2004
8:00pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1300 St Francis Rd
Santa Rosa
Saturday
October 23, 2004
8:00pm
First United Methodist Church
1551 Montgomery Dr
Santa Rosa
Sunday
October 24, 2004
3:00pm
United Methodist Church
500 N Main St
Sebastopol

Laudate Gaudete Jubilate
~ A Christmas Celebration ~
December 3, 4, 5, 2004

 

With a new composition by Benjamin Taylor, a new arrangement by our own Walter Thompson,
heart-wrenching standards by Heitzeg, Rutter, and Pearsall,
beautiful classics by Victoria, Britten, and Kverno,
and many more pieces to help you start your holiday season with a full and joyful heart.

 

Detail of the funeral monument of Lamoral, 1678; Mattheus van Beveren; terra cotta
Friday
December 3, 2004
8:00pm
United Methodist Church
500 N Main St
Sebastopol
Saturday
December 4, 2004
8:00pm
First United Methodist Church
1551 Montgomery Dr
Santa Rosa
Sunday
December 5, 2004
4:00pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1300 St Francis Rd
Santa Rosa

Admission is free - donations are gratefully accepted.

SPECIAL EVENT

Heart and Sole: A Romantic Musical Evening

featuring
The EDLOS
the "bad boys of a cappella"
in concert with Sonoma County Chamber Singers
to benefit Analy Arts

Analy High School Auditorium
Saturday, February 12, 2005 8:00pm
$15 General/$10 Students and Seniors*
*62 and over

Visit the EDLOS' web site

Resurrection and Renewal
Songs for a Passionate Season
March 11, 12, 13, 2005

including

Brahms - Shicksalslied

Casals - O Vos Omnes

DelMonte - Ecce Ascendimus

Rutter - Hymn to the Creator of Light

and Choral Fanfare

 

with new compositions

by Composer-in-Residence

Benjamin Taylor

 

and featuring

Christy Harmeson, guest pianist

Daniel Celidore, guest oboist

 

Admission is free (donations always very gratefully accepted!)

 

Le Christ Jaune, 1889; Paul Gauguin; oil on canvas Friday
March 11, 2005
8:00pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
8400 Old Redwood Hwy
Windsor

Saturday
March 12, 2005
8:00pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1300 St Francis Rd
Santa Rosa

Sunday
March 13, 2005
3:00pm
United Methodist Church
500 N Main St
Sebastopol