A program of choral music whose texts do not so much tell stories as address
themes of our very existence and our connection to the universe—humanity’s relationship
with the creation and the Creator. Texts include selections from the Psalms, the book of Job,
and the Song of Solomon, and Tennyson; even carols and lighthearted love poetry. Emotions
run the gamut, from the depths of despair, such as in Lobo’s Versa est in luctum, to the peaceful
calm of Rutter’s Loving shepherd, to the heights of joy expressed in Tye’s Sing unto the Lord and
Nicolson’s Cantate Domino. And a few English madrigals depict the idealized carefree idylls of
another kind of shepherd as well as the sting of unrequited love.