COLLABORATIVE COMMISSION FROM THE ESOTERICS, WITH TIMOTHY C. TAKACH
“This is How You Love” will be a multi-movement a cappella choral work co-written by Jocelyn Hagen and Timothy C. Takach. Seattle choir The Esoterics commissioned the piece with partial funding from a grant from the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts). It will be performed 4 times during the premiere weekend in February, 2018. The piece is a modern dialogue about the many aspects of marriage; from first love and infatuation to conflict and compromise. Texts for the piece are sourced from multiple contemporary poets, and are interspersed with excerpts from couples’ therapy sessions. This will be the first collaborative composition between composers Hagen and Takach, who are a married couple from Minneapolis, MN.
Reviewed as “gorgeous” (Washington Post) and “stunning” (Lawrence Journal-World), the music of Timothy C. Takach has risen fast in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, Takach has received commissions from various organizations including the the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Olaf Band, Cantus, Pavia Winds, Lorelei Ensemble, VocalEssence, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, The Rose Ensemble, and numerous high school and university choirs. His compositions have been performed on A Prairie Home Companion, The Boston Pops holiday tour, multiple All-State and festival programs and at venues such as the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center and Royal Opera House Muscat.