Dan Locklair’s Instant Culture, a choral drama for SATB, soloists and piano, will be given two New Mexico performances by the Sangre de Cristo Chorale, Dr. Maxine Thevenot, Director, on Saturday, May 11, 5:00 PM at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos and Sunday, May 12, 3:00 PM at 1st Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, 208 Grant Avenue in Santa Fe.

The composer has written about the piece, “In 1984, Thurston Dox (until his untimely death, Director of Choral Activities at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY) approached me with a commission from Hartwick for a choral drama of approximately ten minutes in length. I suggested that the American lyricist, Alicia Carpenter, be commissioned to create the libretto and lyrics…(her) resulting libretto was a mirror of our hectic times. Her concise words encourage us to take time for what is important: “But life is short, and art is long … better take time to smell the flowers.” Read Locklair’s complete notes at http://www.locklair.com/wp/compositions/choral/instant-culture.

The Sangre de Cristo Chorale (SDCC) was formed in 1978 as a self-governing chorale of adult volunteer singers. SDCC is dedicated to presenting high-quality performances, enhancing choral skills, mutually supporting its members and leaving a legacy of young singers who appreciate the choral experience. Visit them at http://sdcchorale.org/.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door: $20 for adults; $10 for students with a valid school ID when unaccompanied by adults; free for students 18 and under accompanied by adults. For tickets and more information, visit http://sdcchorale.org/tickets.htm.

Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. More information about him, including a bio, list of works, discography and much more, at http://www.locklair.com.

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