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"Home" concert theme

Hi, I'm programming for my community women's choir for this spring, and am hoping to use "Home" as a theme.  Any suggested rep that might fit in that broad theme?  Sacred/secular/serious/silly, all suggestions are welcome!  My definition of "home" is broad, so fire out your ideas!
 
Thank you in advance,

Jennie
on January 16, 2014 1:44pm
A few off the top of my head:
 
MacGillivray, "Away From the Roll of the Sea"
arr. Noble, "Old Ship of Zion"
arr. Wailin' Jennys, "Long Time Traveler"
arr. Hyokki, "On suuri sun rantas' autius"

If you have a really top-notch chamber group, look at Gwyneth Walker's My Girls, which uses Lucille Clifton poetry about herself as a young girl, her sister, and her daughters--it remains one of my all-time favorite pieces, and I can see it being a really poignant expression of your theme, but it's not easy.
 
Have fun,
Caroline
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on January 16, 2014 2:01pm
David Brunner's "Home" is lovely, but is only 2 part if I remember correctly.
Check out Mark Haye's setting of "Over the Rainbow".
I think Mark Sirett's "Watane" might be out of print, but if you can get your hands on it, it's very adaptable to most any choir and a unique piece for singers and audience.
Rollo Dilworth's "Jordan's Angels"
David Brunner's setting of "Who Built de Ark" would be great fun.
I used David Childs' "Weep No More" on a program with a home theme.
Something patriotic?
 
Good luck!
Pam
 
 
 
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on January 16, 2014 2:10pm
Jennifer:
 
I have written a setting of Jane Kenyon's poem Otherwise which will suit your theme. 
You may read the powerful poem here.  It is SSA plus piano; commissioned by the
Peninsula Women's Chorus.  For the PWC singing another of my Kenyon settings,
Let Evening Come, visit here.  Let me know if you care to receive a score and recording.
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes
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on January 16, 2014 2:31pm
Jennifer,
 
If you can go with the idea that "home is where the knitting needles are" then please take a look at my Knitting Patterns - based on three wonderful canons by Telemann and Caldara, with lyrics about knitting.  A lot of fun.
 
On more conventional territory, I also suggest Sweet Sleep, a setting of a William Blake lullaby (SSAA a cappella).
 
And finally I recommend the lovely piece by Joseph Jennings, Calling My Children Home.  It's scored for SATB but I used it with the Columbus Women's Chorus (essentially leaving out the Bass part, I think).  
 
Best wishes
 
Sheena Phillips
www.sheenaphillips.com
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on January 16, 2014 2:37pm
 
Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey? arr. Greg Gilpin, SSAA a capella
Already Home, Rice, (from the Wizard of Oz), , Rice, Lloyd Webber arr. Althouse, SSA, opening solo
Hey, Ho, Nobody's Home, trad. arr. Gilpin
Home (from The Wiz) Smalls, arr. Beck?
sing a long:  Home on the Range
 
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on January 17, 2014 12:11pm
A few more for your consideration:
 
"Away, Far Down the River" from Women on the Plains arr. by Alice Parker
"Come Pretty Love" (Shaker Tune) arr. by Joan Szymko
"A Garden of My Own" by Patricia McKernon/arr. by Daniel Kallman
"The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus
"Pueblito, Mi Pueblo" by Carlos Guastavino
"Singabahambayo" ed. by Anders Nyberg
"No Time" arr. by Susan Brumfield
"Living in a Holy City" arr. by Stephen Hatfield
 
Hope this helps!  Good luck!
 
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