Walden Pond marked the opening of Kantorei’s 2012-2013 season as we returned with the masterwork of the same name by American composer Dominic Argento. Walden Pond, a favorite choral work of Kantorei and director Richard Larson, is a serene yet complex setting of Thoreau’s famous texts, with the choir accompanied by harp and multiple solo celli. Written in 1996 for the Dale Warland Singers, Argento notes that he “takes a certain amount of pride in the texts I have chosen to set to music over the years but of them all, Walden Pond is a special case.”
Also featured in the concert was the world-premier of Remembered Light from former Kantorei composer-in-residence Eric William Barnum. The work, commissioned by Kantorei with grant assistance from the Lone Tree Arts Commission, features a gentle and haunting text by American poet Clark Ashton Smith.