Welcome to Season 4.0!
Over the last few months I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to be a choral artist in the context of a global pandemic. The core of our art is musical collaboration and partnership, shared among artists and audience alike, whereas our new daily reality is putting more and more space between us. Our focus this season is on exploring different ways to bridge the physical distance through music, finding inspiration in the work of musicians and pandemic survivors from history, and forging our own artistic path forward.
I’ve called this Season 4.0 because we understand that whatever plans we make will likely have to be adjusted. This year is all about going with the flow and embracing our circumstances. We may end up performing Season 4.1 or even 4.7, but one way or another we will find a way to connect, to share, and to make art.
I hope you’ll join us.
- Margot Rejskind, Artistic Director
May 2021: A Path To Each Other
To close the season Luminos Ensemble will explore the how the pandemic has pulled us apart, and how we have bridged the physical and artistic gaps to find ways to connect with one another; with a program of historical and contemporary works for physically distanced choir, including works by Tomas Luis de Victoria, James MacMillan, Joseph Rheinberger, Abbie Betines, Dominic DiOrio, Ysaÿe Barnwell, and a new work commissioned for Luminos Ensemble, by PEI composer Evan Hammell.
The Space Between Us
Luminos Ensemble’s first performance together since the start of the pandemic plays with the ideas of both physical and mental space. When the choir recorded in August 2020, COVID-19 restrictions on PEI meant the singers had to stand 12 feet apart. The program includes 800 years of music intended to fill large spaces, including Italian chant from the 13th century, sacred polyphonic music by Renaissance masters (and pandemic survivors) Josquin des Prés and William Byrd, contemporary classics about hope and space, and a 16th-century comic motet for double choir about a singer who discovers — and then argues with — their own echo.
Watch Artistic Director Margot Rejskind explain the inspiration behind The Space Between Us