Earth Day Heritage: A Celebration in Music and Words
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A symphonic setting of the words of famous environmentalists narrated by their descendants.

Two works honoring Earth Day comprise this distinctive recording. The first, by composer John Harmon, is a symphonic setting of the words of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Earth Day Founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson with descendants of these men as narrators. The second, Hymn to the Earth by Edward Joseph Collins, is a secular cantata for soloists, choir, and orchestra, praising Mother Earth and the beauty of the four seasons using text set by the composer. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day's founding in 1970, this recording was undertaken by a non-profit: Earth/Art Resources as part of their educational and cultural mission to foster Earth Day values.
John Harmon, composer
Earth Day Portrait
William Muir Hanna, Nina Leopold Bradley, Gaylord Nelson, Jr., Kiva Nelson, Patty Loew (narrators); Madison Youth Choirs; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Marin Alsop (conductor)

Edward Joseph Collins, composer
Hymn to the Earth
Jeni Bern (soprano); Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano); Peter Auty (tenor); Henry Waddington (bass); Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Chorus; Marin Alsop (conductor)

Review to come.