Saturday, December 4, 7:30pm at Christ Church in Berkeley, CA
Saturday, December 18, 7:30pm at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in San Francisco, CA
Good news for out-of-towners, and those not quite ready to hit a public concert: the December 18 concert will be live-streamed! Details have not yet been released; I will let you know when I learn them (and they should eventually be available on the International Orange website).
Come to Us in Water is a humble prayer to Mother Earth to bless us here in California (or anywhere, but especially here) with some of that sweet, wet stuff known as rain. After a long dry season and a drought, sometimes we forget what that is. Thankfully, Mother Earth has been generous so far this rainy season. It was really a trip to attend an International Orange rehearsal a few weeks ago and, after working on this piece for 30-40 minutes, emerge to our first substantial rain of the season. "Thanks for the rain!" several different singers said to me as I exited, and we all had a good laugh. However that rain arrived, I could have not been happier to see it.
I also wrote the text for this piece—you can read it here. I've also included the performance notes I wrote for the choir, which includes an explanation of the Druid origins and symbolism behind the piece.
I am so excited to share this with you. All hail the return of live music!
P.S. ICYMI, here's International Orange Chorale virtually performing "Zoom":