Three poems by Wendell Berry will be sung by members of the University Chorale to music composed by William Campbell, PhD, associate professor and Music Department chair, in a concert intended to celebrate the 2014 St. Ambrose University project theme of Sustainability.
SAU's Chamber Singers and the Bee Sharp men's vocal ensemble also will perform in the concert that will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the Galvin Fine Arts Center.
"Wendell Berry is well known for his writings and poems that express the relationship between humans and nature," Campbell said. "My compositions are settings of three of his Sabbath poems from A Timbered Choir: The Clearing Rests in Song and Shade, I Go Among the Trees and Sit Still and All the Earth Shall Sing.
Campbell calls the poems, "expressions of the true presence one finds when awareness of Creation's unity supersedes the individual self.
"These three songs are about finding peace and unity within nature."
Campbell has named the collection of songs, In The Trees.
In addition, Sunday's performance, led by Visiting Assistant Professor of Chorale Activities Glenda Crawford, PhD, will include spoken word narration, visual images supporting the Sustainability theme, and performances by faculty members and other guests.
The concert is free and open to the public.