In the Name of the Earth

My name is Simon Halsey. I come from London, England. I’m a choir conductor, and I’m here to premiere John Luther Adam’s
“In the Name of the Earth,” written for the Mostly Mozart
Festival and Lincoln Center. The piece tells the story of the North American continent. It’ll be the most fantastic piece to be part of. It’s for 800 voices
at all sorts of levels, and it will take place
in Central Park. If you take part in this piece, you will go to fairly conventional choir
practices to start off with, to learn it. In the piece, either you will sing in a completely
conventional way, or you can opt to be someone
who rubs stones together, rings bells, make sounds of the sea, whistles, and sings at the great climax of the piece when all the
choirs are brought together. So you’ll take part in, perhaps one of the most significant
premieres in the United States this year. There are two groups. They’re called Group One and Group Two. For Group One, we are looking for regular, experienced choral singers, sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. The sign up is really good. We’re looking now for especially tenors, and a few more basses. There’s room for a few
women still, so be quick. So we are looking for choral singers
who understand commitment and have a bit of time to
give us in their summer. Group Two is really a interesting
possibility that doesn’t normally exist. Group Two will sing also
at the climax of the piece, in the last eight minutes of the piece, and it’s a thoroughly rewarding bit of music, but it’s also relatively easy. It’s a canon, and as long as you
can hold pitch, you’ll be very welcome. This group has a really
important role in the piece, which is there are all sorts
of non-singing sounds in the piece, because we are reflecting
the sound of the world. And so that while others are singing, you’re making layers
of sound with stones and bells, and it doesn’t particularly matter
whether it’s men or women, because everybody is welcome. I think it’s something that children
with good concentration would really enjoy. I think whole families
would really enjoy it. Then, look at the commitment,
which is quite light, but I can see in busy lives
is asking a lot. And if you can do it,
we would just love to see you. We are also working with
the best in the world. We’ve assembled the most
fantastic set of conductors. So come and join us and
be part of creating a new thing. To be actually creating it
from the ground up. “I was there, I was one of
the people who made this happen,” so why wouldn’t you get involved? Why wouldn’t you want to be part of this? ♪

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