AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS
Love’s Onward Journey
by Kim André Arnesen
The Manhattan Girls Chorus recorded Love’s Onward Journey by renowned Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen with text by Euan Tait in October 2015. This beautiful work was “Dedicated to the Manhattan Girls Chorus and conductor Michelle Oesterle with admiration and gratitude” by the composer, and was premiered by MGC on June 9, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Church of Yorkville, New York City. It is described by the composer as: “A song of moving on from an old life, a song of new pilgrimage. It is a work of quiet, still rejoicing – in the freedom that is the inner life of a singer.” Although many miles separate us, our hearts feel deeply connected. It is truly an honor to have received this precious gift from our dear friends, Kim André Arnesen and Euan Tait.
This recording would not have been possible without our truly gifted recording engineer, Marlan Barry. We are sincerely grateful to Marlan.
“A marvelous performance and video of the piece I wrote to the Manhattan Girls Chorus and Michelle Oesterle together with the poet Euan Tait. Thank you so much Michelle and all the wonderful and gracious MGC girls!”
Kim André Arnesen, Composer
“So much to love about this… The fresh and spontaneous genius of Kim André Arnesen, the heaven-sent voices of these spectacular girls, and the loving brilliance of the one and only Michelle Oesterle, who weaves all the strands together!”
Camille Zamora, Soprano
“I feel deeply honoured by this exceptional performance – the ensemble singing is quite stunningly beautiful. What an amazing gift is unfolding here. Congratulations to all here – so moving for me as a poet, both to have Kim André Arnesen weave such beauty in his music – and this unforgettable singing. What is so remarkable here is that we experience music, words and performance as a circling, renewing, creative gift of love, each to each – that music and words can, as the beautiful mission statement of Manhattan Girls Chorus affirms, enhance the potential of human lives.”
Euan Tait, Poet