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Women's Choir performs new work by composer-in-residence

The Women’s Choir performed a spring concert in Our Lady of Victory Chapel on Sunday, sharing an array of musical pieces both sacred and secular. Included in the line up was a new piece composed especially for the Women’s Choir by Jocelyn Hagen, who has been named the composer-in-residence for the 2010-2011 academic year at St. Catherine University.

The work, entitled Forgotten, is a choral arrangement of a poem entitled Song by Sara Teasdale. Members of the Women’s Choir selected the poem that would be used in the composition and Hagen finished composing the music in February.

Hagen was pleased with the debut performance, saying the Women’s Choir executed the musical piece well.

“They did a fantastic job,” said Hagen. “I thought it was one of the most beautifully sung pieces in the program. They just really nailed it.”

Jocelyn Hagen Festival celebrates residency
Events in honor of Hagen begin in April and continue into May. She will give a lecture on “The Compositional Process” to the University on April 14, as well as a lecture and reception on “Composing a Life: Artist, Entrepreneur, Wife, Mother” the evening of April 27.

Faculty from the Department of Music and Theater and special guests will perform solo and chamber works by Hagen in a recital on at 7:30 p.m., May 3, in the Recital Hall.

Hagen’s residency will culminate with the premiere of Ashes of Roses at 3 p.m., May 8, in The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium. Hagen is reworking the requiem this spring, and her piece will take a new form when it is performed by the St. Catherine Choral Society in May, under the direction of Patricia Connors. The work for soloists, chorus and orchestra gets its name from the poem Ashes of Roses by Elaine Goodale Eastman, which is incorporated into the traditional text of the Latin Requiem Mass.

For more on Composer-in-Residence Jocelyn Hagen, read the article in SCAN February 2011.

April 6, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

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