The Front Range Chamber Players Perform Jenni Brandon’s “Sun Songs”

The Front Range Chamber Players perform “Sun Songs, by Jenni Brandon, in Arvada, CO. The performance, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, is on October 9, 2018, at 7:30 PM.  The performance is Second Tuesdays at Trinity, a concert series showcasing professional musical artists from the Denver metro area.

The nonprofit Front Range Chamber Players (FRCP) is Northern Colorado’s resident professional chamber music group. Since its inception in 1985, it has presented an annual series of concerts (except 2010-11) in the Fort Collins area. The FRCP always strives to make outstanding chamber music accessible to audiences of all ages. Musicians from across the Front Range have performed with FRCP. The organization has also enjoyed collaborative relationships with other fine arts organizations.

The text for “Sun Songs” comes from translated texts of the North American Indians. These texts come from three different tribes: the Nootka Indians who lived on the seaward coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State; the Papago Indians (or the Tohono O’odham Indians) of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert; and the Havasupai people of the Grand Canyon. These various texts were used in ceremonies to bring good weather, to ask the sun to help grow the land, and to call upon the powers of nature. These three texts fit together well in telling a story of honoring the sun and nature for what it does, from bringing beautiful colors to the sky to giving us food and life. It brought these texts together to honor the Native Americans who were here first and who appreciated the Earth and all it provides for us. We should learn from their lessons in giving thanks and caring for the land and continue to practice this before it is too late to save our planet. This piece was commissioned by Definiens ensemble of Los Angeles for their 10th Anniversary.