The second concert of our season is a live production of Calling All Dawns by Christopher Tin. This powerful and moving performance is sure to be sold out by concert time, so please get your tickets EARLY!
Calling All Dawns is Christopher Tin’s debut recording. It won two GRAMMYs at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards: Best Classical Crossover Album, and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists (for the song ‘Baba Yetu’, which made history as the first video game theme to win a Grammy). The project was started in 2005, and the recording was released October 1st, 2009, nearly four years after its conception.
After an initial live performance, Christopher Tin revised the score to make the instrumentation more standard and to expand the role of the chorus. It was then published, and this collaboration with MSCO, Fairview High School and Kim Robards Dance is the sixth performance since, making this only the seventh live production world-wide of this project since its album release.
Calling All Dawns is a song-cycle in three movements: day, night and dawn. Each movement corresponds to a different phase of life–life, death, and rebirth. In short, it is 5 songs about life, 3 songs about death, and 4 songs about rebirth. There are songs of joy, mystery, and hardship, reflecting the complexity of our mortality. There are songs of the deepest, darkest sorrow to accompany us through death. And finally, there are songs of triumph and exultation that bring us roaring back to life, beginning the cycle anew.
The twelve songs are sung in twelve languages, including Swahili, Mandarin, Hebrew, Irish, Farsi, and many more. The lyrics themselves come from a variety of sources, both sacred and secular: Japanese haiku, Maori proverbs, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, and many more. Each song flows seamlessly into the next, and the album ends on the same chord that it opens with–thereby representing the fluid, cyclical nature of the universe. It carries a strong message of unity: that regardless of race, culture and religious belief, we are all connected through our common human experience.
This performance of Calling All Dawns is a special collaboration between MSCO, Fairview High School Music and Dance, and Kim Robards Dance, with both performances at Fairview High School Auditorium. We expect a sell-out audience, so please order your tickets early, and get your friends to do the same!