Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Camerata and Yale Glee Club will join together with guest conductor, Craig Hella Johnson. The program includes:
“Gitanjali Chants” by Craig Hella Johnson
“Requiem and Sanctus” (from Messa di Requiem) by Ildebrando Pizzetti
“Credo” by Margaret Bonds (Deborah Stephens soprano, Korin Thomas-Smith baritone, Ethan Haman piano)
“If I Were a Swan” by Kevin Puts
“The Peace of Wild Things” (from American Triptych) by Jake Runestad
“You Through Me” by Alex Berko
“All of Us” (from Considering Matthew Shepherd) by Johnson
“A Flower into Kindness” by Jake Runestad
The concert is free and open to the public.
Craig Hella Johnson is the founding artistic director and conductor of Conspirare and music director of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble. Known for crafting thought-provoking musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners, Johnson is in frequent demand as a guest conductor of choral and orchestral works. Johnson joined the faculty at Texas State University as Artist in Residence in fall 2016 and was awarded the 2022 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities. He is a published composer and arranger, guest conductor and educator. Johnson’s first concert-length composition Considering Matthew Shepard was premiered and recorded by Conspirare for a 2016 CD release. Considering Matthew Shepard continues to be performed around the world, most recently in Berlin and around the United States. Johnson’s accomplishments have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Notably among them, he and Conspirare won a 2014 Grammy® for Best Choral Performance, Chorus America awarded him the Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art in 2015, and the Texas State Legislature named him Texas State Musician for 2013. In 2021, the Matthew Shepard Foundation recognized him with the Dennis Dougherty Award for Community Leadership.