Music OF PEACE
HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING?
Composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre, Lux Aurumque is a Latin song meaning "Light and Gold" The poem it originated from is only four lines, Translated from its original language it translates to
warm and heavy as pure gold
and angels sing softly
to the new-born babe.
The text is sung multiple times throughout the song, giving it multiple harmonies to each phrase. The simplicity was Whitacre's intention in the song, giving it a chance to connect with each person in the audience.
VOICES OF EARTH
Voices of Earth tells us what the earth sees, and what we should see in her. Also taken from a poem, this song gives a voice to the earth, and tells us there are patterns that we interrupt, and that instead of trying to control the earth, we should realize what is here and appreciate it.
A classic church song, arranged by Ronald Staheli, this piece bring the beauty of life to music. While not all are religious, he is able to keep the view open, meaning there is so much beauty in the world, there is no other way to express our appreciation for it. This arrangement was sung by the University of Utah choir, giving it a new light in the eyes of over 100 singers, and bringing to life the lyrics of the writer.