Chromatica sings the world premiere of Garrop’s “O Time”.
Chromatica, the popular Danville chorus, will perform the world premiere of Stacy Garrop’s “O Time”. Commissioned by Chromatica, “O Time” is a series of three movements based upon poetry by Yeats, Milton and Van Dyke. The concerts will be at 7pm on April 27 at Peace Lutheran Church on Camino Tassajara in Danville, at 4pm on April 28 at St. Perpetua’s on Hamlin Road in Lafayette and at 7pm on March 4 at Grace Presbyterian on Tice Valley Boulevard in Walnut Creek. Tickets for the Danville concert include a wine reception.
Stacy Garrop graduated from Monte Vista High School in Danville and now lives in Chicago. In her junior year at Monte Vista, her music theory teacher told her to go home and write a piece of music. “It was like this door opened that had always been shut” says Stacy. “So after that I just started writing more and more pieces”. Garrop writes for orchestras, choirs and chamber groups. Her music is lyrical and accessible. She is currently working on her first opera.
Garrop has been commissioned by such notable groups as Chanticleer, the Kronos Quartet, the St. Louis Symphony and the San Francisco Choral Society among many others. She recently received the 2019 American Academy of Arts and Letters award. For more information about Stacy Garrop, visit www.garrop.com.
Chromatica performed Garrop’s Sorel Medallion-winning “Love’s Philosophy” in 2017, a piece based on the poetry of Shelley, Keats, Coleridge and Byron. It liked the piece so much that it decided to commission a piece uniquely for Chromatica.
Chromatica’s April and May concerts are based on the theme of time. In addition to Garrop’s “O Time”, the concerts will include works by Brahms, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and many others. It includes music originally performed by Cyndi Lauper and Chicago. The program is eclectic and has something for everyone.
Says founding music director David Huff: “Stacy Garrop has been a joy to work with. She is very supportive and has helped us even from afar with suggestions and comments on rehearsal recordings. This world premiere is the first, but far from the last, that Chromatica will perform. O Time is a stellar choral work that we have enjoyed rehearsing. I think audiences will love it”.
Chromatica is noted for the extraordinary range of its repertoire from the 12th to the 21st century and in genre from classical to contemporary. Through the generosity of donors Chromatica has been able to commission this unique piece and to perform its world premiere.
Chromatica was founded in 2011 and now includes 32 men and women singers. It has performed eleven prior series of ticketed concerts in the East Bay, attracting large and enthusiastic audiences. Led by David P. Huff, an outstanding director and operatic tenor who has sung both in New York and San Francisco and accompanied by the exceptional pianist, Julie Rieth, it seeks to perform challenging pieces at a high level of professionalism.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and children 10 and under are admitted free. For concert tickets and more information about Chromatica, visit our website at www.chromaticachorale.org. Tickets for all concerts are also available at the door. For a more personal look you can find Chromatica on Facebook.