Desmond Earley - US Eclipse Commission
World Premiere of The Body of the Moon at 6.15pm, Monday 21 August 2017
All Classical Portland has commissioned UCD Choral Scholars Artistic Director Desmond Earley to write an original musical work specifically to accompany the 2017 total solar eclipse. The piece will receive its WORLD PREMIERE at the moment of totality in Oregon as part of a specially curated soundtrack crafted to pair with the entire viewing experience. Aptly titled, The Body of the Moon, Earley’s new composition incorporates letters of Galileo, reflects the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and speaks to the universality of this magnificent occurrence. Scored for choir, cello, and bass drum, performers include Portland’s outstanding choir the Resonance Ensemble, Oregon Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Nancy Ives, Chris Whyte of the Portland Percussion Group, and improvisational pop vocalist Erick Valle. The Body of the Moon will air at 6.15pm GMT, Monday, August 21. Visit allclassical.org to listen on mobile devices.