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Schubert Club Courtroom Concert featuring the music of Catherine Dalton
March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFREE
“Walking Together” weaves together prose and poetry on the topic of cultural experience with original music composed by Catherine Dalton. Featuring Margaret Humphrey, violin, Kirsten Whitson, cello, and Bjorn Grina-Shay, percussion, the compositions underscore texts by poets such as Peter Blue Cloud, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Kao Kalia Yang read by people representing the diversity of the Twin Cities community. The project was born out of Catherine’s desire for neighbors to meet and get to know each other’s stories. Her composition is inspired by, and a response to, the personal and intimate accounts of navigating daily life as it sheds light on the ways people from different backgrounds experience our shared world. “Walking Together” premiered in Mahtomedi, Minnesota in 2017 with support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and is available for performance in your community
Catherine Dalton specializes in vocal compositions that are inspired by classical, jazz, folk, world music and chant. Her music has received performances around the world by new music ensembles such as Zeitgeist; by singers Clara Osowski, Carrie Henneman Shaw, and Nicole Warner; and by over a hundred choirs, including Vox Femina Los Angeles, VocalEssense Chorus, and Amuse Singers New York.
Her organically-composed pieces use everyday life and our entanglement of human experience as their common palette. Whether setting her own lyrics or the carefully selected texts of others, these intersections of life and art explore themes of hardship and uncommon courage, mystical experience and everyday joy.
Catherine has been awarded grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections. Her choral works are regularly selected for regional and national choral conference reading sessions and have been sung by Minnesota All State Choirs. Her multi-genre production “Bluets,” based on MacArthur-winning author Maggie Nelson’s book of the same name, will have a Staging Workshop in January 2019.