Lewis and Clark to be put to song
By PAT MURPHY
Express Staff Writer
No pun intended, but the increasingly
adventurous repertoire of the large Caritas Chorale literally is exploring new
territory for a concert next year.
Dick Brown takes a breather while
conducting a Caritas Chorale performance. Express photo by Dana DuGan
Chorale conductor Dick Brown, of Hailey,
has commissioned an original work commemorating and celebrating the daring
exploration of the uncharted West by the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806).
The libretto will be written by well known
Idaho author and broadcaster Diane Josephy Peavey, of Carey. The music will be
composed by Boise music producer David Allen Earnest.
Peavey comes naturally to studying and
writing about the history of the West: Her father, Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., is
regarded as a major U.S. historian and writer on Indian and Western topics.
The Lewis and Clark musical composition,
not yet titled, is tentatively scheduled to be performed by Caritas Chorale next
May, by 90 to 100 voices accompanied by a 33-piece orchestra.
Brown, a Mississippi transplant, has
elevated chorale music to a major performing art since arriving in the Wood
River Valley several years ago. He is choir director of St. Thomas Episcopal
Church, teaches music composition at The Community School, conducts an annual
music camp in Challis, and produces the annual Chamber Choir of Idaho
performance in Idaho Falls. He also is taking the Caritas Chorale to Italy next
June to perform.
Peavey is the author of "Bitterbrush
Country," which is a compilation of her regular broadcasts on Boise State Radio
about life as the wife of a third generation Blaine County sheep rancher and the
experiences they share on their ranch northwest of Carey.
She said the adventures of Meriwether
Lewis and William Clark travelling through what are now 11 states is a
combination of "joy, hardship—so many moods to deal with" as she writes the
words of the musical.
Earnest said from his home in Boise that
the music will be "modern, harmonic language and not in the style of when events
happened" in the early 1800s.
He plans to complete the composition by
Earnest, who works for North by Northwest
Productions, currently is completing the music track for a television
documentary, "The Quiet War," about World War II internment camps for
Japanese-Americans, which he calls "very moving."