We’re sharing the notes for our upcoming concert! A special thank you to Leah G. Weinberg, PhD, for writing notes for this concert.
“One of the joys of composing is to create sound combinations in hopes of finding something completely original,” Runestad writes of Ner Ner (2014), which like Sayareh, features nonsense syllables rather than a conventional text, emphasizing the many vocal techniques on display. “The voice can make a variety of sounds, from traditional Western singing styles to overtone singing, vocal percussion, and many more,” he adds. “I find the use of these sounds and techniques to be exhilarating – especially when they are grouped together, overlapped, mixed and matched, and put into the context of a choir!”
Commissioned by the Wooster Chorus, conducted by Lisa Wong, the piece was intended to “reflect the energy of this dynamic ensemble by giving them the opportunity to vocally express their infectious joy and diverse membership,” and is dedicated to the memory of Molly Bennett, a former member of the Wooster Chorus.