Historical recollections are embodied in this morning’s Centering Music, as the Pilgrims’ initial journey and the indigenous people they encountered are evoked in the work of Edward MacDowell, prefaced by the composer’s own verse. Carlos Surinach, who emigrated to the U.S. from his native Spain in 1950 and became a citizen nine years later, represents the welcoming embrace of the Thanksgiving spirit. The CUUC Choir is also on hand with celebratory as well as nostalgic salutations in song. Read on for programming details.
Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
From Sea Pieces, Op. 55
The yellow setting sun
Melts the lazy sea to gold
And gilds the swaying galleon
That towards a land of promise
Lunges hugely on.
From New England Idyls, Op. 62
VI. Indian Idyl
Alone by the wayward flame
She weaves broad wampum skeins
While afar through the summer night
Sigh the wooing flutes’ soft strains.
The Young Pioneers
Variations on “Yankee Doodle”
Traditional, arr. by anon
Opening Anthem: CUUC Choir directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
“Hey, Ho, Nobody’s Home”
English Round, arr. by Greg Gilpin
Chanson Espagnole No. 3
Meditation in Song: Mary Lane Cobb and Ted Kuczinski, soloists
"Homeward Bound "
Marta Keen/arr. by Jay Althouse