Tuesday, November 26, 8:00 p.m. Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, FREE concert
On November 26, the UM-Chamber Choir will perform the Michigan premiere of Jocelyn Hagen’s amazing multi-movement work, amass, and will record the work in the beginning of December. The UM-Chamber Choir has been a part of two Naxos Grammy award winning and nominated recording projects: Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and Experience and Milhaud: Oresteian Trilogy. amass is a multi-movement work scored for SATB choir, STB soloists, cello solo, cello quartet, guitar and percussion trio. The work explores the concept of interreligious harmony and uses the translations of spiritual poetry by Daniel Ladinsky from his book “Love Poems from God” which incorporates words of mystics and saints from various world religions and the traditional texts from the Roman Catholic mass.
Jocelyn’s music ties so beautifully with the text, which for singers, makes her music a reward and a clear way to connect emotionally to the message. Her pieces are more than just singable lyric lines; they invoke a desire to connect to the audience and be a part of a bigger experience for everyone.
Jocelyn’s music sings. It is crafty and crafted but never difficult; lyrical and poignant yet never saccharin. Her musical lines flow as poetry in sound, as she guides the listener from one delight to the next.
Associate Professor of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music | Director, NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
New Impressions of Texture and Color
Jocelyn’s music is filled with new impressions of texture and color. Individual lines melding together to create deep or expansive melodies. Our ensemble loved not only the rehearsal process, but found repeated performances to deepen our experience and expression of the music. I have had the great pleasure of working with Jocelyn on two different… Read more “New Impressions of Texture and Color”
Peter Haberman, Director of Bands
Concordia College, Moorhead
Jocelyn Hagen’s music celebrates the eternal spirit of the feminine
Jocelyn Hagen’s music celebrates the eternal spirit of the feminine, informed by soaring poetry and the indomitable courage of women. Her sense of place, time and the elements weave together a fabric of sound that inspires awe, joy, and the resilience so needed in today’s world.
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