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How to Go On

Fall 2016

Choral Arts Initiative concludes its fourth season with a stunning and groundbreaking commission by Dale Trumbore.  A 35-minute, eight-movement secular work for virtuosic a cappella chorus, How to Go On weaves solo voices from within the choir and extended wordless passages into haunting, vivid new textures, turning Choral Arts Initiative into a versatile orchestra of vocal sound.

How to Go On is a meditation on grief, a secular, intimate exploration of our own fragile mortality. Following the death of a loved one, contemporary poet Barbara Crooker writes, "How can we go on / knowing the end of the story?" This piece finds beauty and catharsis in the embrace of everyday life, offering up solace and acceptance in the words of three living poets—Crooker, Amy Fleury, and Laura Foley—and in music.

​The program will feature additional choral works by Dale Trumbore.  The pieces featured during this performance will then be professionally recorded and produced into a commercially distributed album.  Album pre-ordering is available now!  Your pre-order purchase will help us with our international distribution efforts.  Help us share this beautiful work, and other compositions by Dale Trumbore, with everyone!

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