National Lutheran Choir Announces Major Commission - Lament of the Earth
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, August 12, 2019 – The National Lutheran Choir has commissioned Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg and poet Susan Palo Cherwien to create a multi-movement, choral-instrumental work entitled Lament of the Earth.
The four-movement work for mixed chorus, instrumental ensemble, and children’s voices is scheduled to premiere on Earth Day 2021.
Lament of the Earth recognizes that people of many different faiths share a common reverence for creation. The work asks us to see with new eyes the intricate beauty of our universe while confronting our horrible violation of a sacred gift. It voices a plea for forgiveness and resolves with hope that we can live with daily reverence for creation.