In Nature’s Realm

A Musical Homage to Mother Earth
Sunday, March 27, 2022
concert-clock 5:00 pm
concert-pin All Souls Church

To usher in the season of spring, Musica Viva NY explores music for a cappella choir celebrating the natural world, and our place within it. From sonic evocation in Sarah Hopkin’s Past Life Melodies, to the Romantic poeticism of Dvořák’s In Nature’s Realmfrom the metaphysical and existential meditation of Alec Roth’s Earthrise, to the pop-inflected birdsong remix in Missy Mazzoli’s Vesper Sparrow, the program spans a breathtaking diversity of musical styles. The centerpiece is the world premiere of a new work by celebrated New York composer Gilda Lyons, commissioned by the choir. 


Musica Viva NY
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, artistic director & conductor

Sarah Hopkins, Past Life Melodies

Dale Trumbore, Spiritus Mundi

Antonin Dvořák, In Nature’s Realm, Op. 63

  1. Music Descended on My Soul
  2. Bells Ring at Dusk
  3. The Rye Field
  4. The Silver Birch
  5. With Dance and Song

Gilda Lyons, Commissioned work

Alec Roth, Sol Justitiae

Missy Mazzoli, Vesper Sparrow

Alec Roth, Earthrise
Earthrise Part I: Man’s Drive to Explore and Exploit
Earthrise Part II: Contemplation of the Earth Seen From Space
Earthrise Part III: A Plea for True Wisdom and Understanding

All Souls Church

1157 Lexington Avenue,

New York, NY 10075