As announced last week, Elise and I are designing art cards that correspond with three pieces which will be sung by Ariose Women’s Choir at their concert on May 7th. I have been singing in Ariose for nearly two years now, and have often been inspired by the touching lyrics of the pieces we sing. Our upcoming May concert offered the perfect opportunity to put this inspiration into action. I have painted three pieces that illustrate three lines of poetry from the songs we will be singing. We dropped these off at our local print shop yesterday and they will be for sale on our Etsy shop on Monday!
For now, enjoy some pictures of the paintings and the poetry that inspired them. There is a button below each section that will take you to a recording of the musical setting of the poetry that Ariose will be singing at the concert.
“The consecrated spot”
When Days of Beauty Deck the Earth
by Emily Bronte
When days of Beauty deck the earth
or stormy nights descend
How well my spirit knows the path
On which it ought to wend
It seeks the consecrated spot
Beloved in childhood’s years
The space between is all forgot
Its sufferings and its tears
“The dark cloths of night”
Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
by W.B. Yeats
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
“In the gold of day”
from The Road Home
by Stephen Paulus
After wind, after rain
When the dark is done
As I wake from a dream
In the gold of day
Through the air there’s a calling
From far away
There’s a voice I can hear
That will lead me home
Tickets for the concert are available here. Ariose is also holding a 50/50 raffle fundraiser until May 19th. You can purchase tickets online here for a chance to win up to $2000.
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