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CHORAL CONSPIRACY
new music composed by Joan Szymko
October 12, 8pm
October 13, 4pm

Echo Theater
1515 SE 37th Ave, Portland

tickets: $15 at the door
and through chorus members
($9 seniors and students under 18 yr: Sunday only-limited availability)

performed by
Belle Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble, Margaret Green, director
Choral Conspiracy mixed ensemble, Joan Szymko, director

featuring
Guy Tyler, double bass; Eric Schrepel and Brian Gardiner, marimba,
percussion;
Ann Crandall & Janice Richardson, bassoons; Ellen Lindquist, harp; Kris
VanAuken, piano;
Geraldine Murray, hard shoe; Lynn Haldeman,accordion.


con * spir * a * cy
Latin, conspirare, "to breath together"

1. to join in a secret agreement
2. to act in harmony

Composer Joan Szymko presents a concert of new choral works, interesting
collaborations, atypical instrumental accompaniment and settings of thought
provoking and uplifting poetry by Rilke, Blake and Sufi masters, Rumi and
Hafiz. She has enlisted the participation of twenty-four men and women
from Portland's finest choral ensembles to breath life into nine new works
for mixed choir. Belle Voci, a select ensemble of women's voices will give
the Northwest premiere of "This Wonderful Feeling" and will join forces
with the mixed ensemble to open and close the concert.

THIS PROJECT FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM
THE REGIONAL ARTS & CULTURE COUNCIL
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- BIOGRAPHY -

Joan Szymko has 20 years of experience as a composer, choral conductor,
teacher and performer in the Pacific Northwest. She led the Seattle
Women's Ensemble for ten years and joined the Concord Community of Choirs
of Portland, Oregon in the fall of 1993, becoming the director of the
100+ voices of Aurora Chorus. Szymko formed Viriditas, a select women's
chamber ensemble in 1994. Both ensembles are known for vibrant singing and
inspired concert programming. Viriditas is featured on Szymko's 1998
compact disc recording of her compositions, Openings, which has been a
featured compact disc on the nationally syndicated program, THE FIRST ART.
Viriditas made critically acclaimed appearances with Do Jump! Movement
Theater. Szymko was the resident composer with Do Jump! from 1995-2001,
performing her music with the company at their home theater in Portland, OR
and on tour, including runs on Broadway, the Kennedy Center in Washington
D.C.(2000) and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles(2001)

In 2001 Szymko was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship by the Oregon
Arts Commission for her work as a choral composer. She also received an
Individual Artist project grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council
(RACC) for "Choral Conspiracy," a program of new works to be presented in
the fall of 2002. Szymko was selected as a participant in the ASCAP
Foundation's prestigious 2001 Film Scoring Workshop which is held annually
in Los Angeles. Most recently, she was honored to have her "Hodie"
performed in the renowned St Olaf College Christmas Festival (Dec. 2001).
Szymko's compositions and arrangements have been performed by choruses
across the country. She has also composed chamber music, art songs, music
for modern dance and two full length musicals. Abundant lyricism, rhythmic
intensity and a vigorous attention to text are hallmarks of Szymko's
diverse and distinctive choral writing. Her choral music is published by
Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Treble Clef Music Press.



PRESS QUOTES

"Pendulum" emerged as the best of the Tolerance Project's five selections,
a triumph of creative writing for Joan Szymko." - DOUGLAS NESLUND,
BEVERLY HILLS OUTLOOK (Jun/02)



"....there were some supreme high points as well. In this, Joan Szymko's
"Nada te turbe" and "This We Know" were exemplary." - Grant Menzies,
THE OREGONIAN (Jan/2000)

"Other standouts among this fine collection included Joan Szymko's peaceful
"Ubi caritas"
- PHILIPPA KIRALY, THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER (Apr/2000)

"...Exultant, exciting, and engaging...Being heard is the only thing
standing in the way of major success for her." - THE NEW TIMES, Seattle
(Apr/1999)



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- PROGRAM -
all compositions by Joan Szymko

-Choral Conspiracy and Belle Voci Ensembles-

THE CALL (2002) poem by George Herbert
(commissioned by Opus 7, Seattle)

-Choral Conspiracy Ensemble-

Ein grosser Gesang (2002) premiere poems by Rainer Maria Rilke
1. Ich lebe mein Leben
2. Herbst
Ann Crandall & Janice Richardson, bassoons

-Belle Voci Vocal Ensemble-

Variations on a Theme by Rilke (1994) poem by Denise Levertov
The Roses (1995) inspired by Mary
Oliver & Gertrude Stein
Lynn Haldeman, accordion
Circle (1996) Hadewich (13th c)
I AM (2002) poem by Catherine DeVinck

Kris VanAuken, piano; Guy Tlyer, cello; Kathy Follett, violin; Jennifer
Samuels, flute.


-Choral Conspiracy Ensemble-

Songs of Experience (2002) premiere William Blake (1758-1827)
1. The Garden of Love
2. Holy Thursday
3. The Fly
Guy Tyler, double bass

The Freshness (2001) satb premiere Jelluddin Rumi (13th c.
Sufi master)
translated by Coleman Barks
Ellen Lindquist, harp
Guy Tyler, bass

Where Is the Door? (2002) premiere Hafiz (14th c Sufi master)
translated by Daniel Ladinsky
1. Where is the Door to the Tavern?
2. Until
3. The God Who Only Knows Four Words
Geraldine Murray, hard shoe

To Build a Swing (2002) premiere Hafiz
Kris VanAuken, piano; Kathy Follett, violin

Nada te turbe (1999) St Teresa of Avila
Guy Tyler, cello
Belle Voci Vocal Ensemble

This Wonderful Feeling (2000) NW premiere Marty Whitman &
Adrianna Madrigal
(commissioned by Peninsula Women's Chorus, Palo Alto, CA
for their "Poetry & Music Project" in the schools)
1. Saboo
2. In My Quiet Place
3. Purple
Eric Schrepel, marimba

-Choral Conspiracy and Belle Voci Ensembles-

Song of Songs (1999) poem by Joan Borysenko


Eric Schrepel, Brian Gardniner,Jennifer Samuels, mallet percussion;
Guy Tyler, bass; Kris VanAuken, piano; Ellen Lindquist, harp.





Joan Szymko
szymko@spiritone.com

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