Composer Looks Back at Body of Work

| April 20, 2011

Jonathan Green has composed more than 40 pieces of music for Sweet Briar’s Concert Choir during his time as a professor and dean at the College.

Jonathan Green

For his final Spring Choir Concert before taking a new post as provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, Green has selected highlights from this 15-year collaboration with the student choir to include on the program. The concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in Memorial Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

“From semester to semester I tried to write things that would be a good fit,” Green said, recalling some particularly poignant moments over the years.

Among the works is a poem he put to music. It was written by Molly Brown, daughter of fellow professors John and Carrie Brown — a child at the time, though she is a young woman now. They’ll also end the concert with a composition that he wrote in the days immediately after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

A concert was planned for families’ weekend in October of that year. They felt they had to acknowledge the attacks, so he wrote the piece and the choir learned it in that brief span of time — and it has not been performed since.

“It was evocative of what was happening both in the country and on campus at the time,” Green said. “We spent the first four or five days trying to track down recent alumnae.”

They also will sing Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” a favorite of Green’s that he has conducted with the choir before. The Pergolesi features the choir, strings, harpsichord, and soloists Sarah Schofield ’11, voice instructor Marcia Thom, Christine McRae ’14, Caroline Lacy ’14 and Beth Rizzo. For more information, e-mail jgreen@sbc.edu or call (434) 381-6205.

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