Monday, May 3, Raven Compact Discs will nationally release "Dream a Little Dream," a new album by Las Cantantes, the UNM women's choir, with Director Maxine Thevenot. Las Cantantes will perform on Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John, 318 Silver Ave. SW.
The CD features 12 pieces, including the premiere recording of UNM Professor Bradley Ellingboe's "Getting Used to Heavens," which sets to music part of a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. The piece describes personal interactions and responses to art and music. Ellingboe is director of choral activities at UNM and founded Las Cantantes in 1994.
The title song, "Dream a Little Dream of Me," was first recorded in 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and his orchestra and most famously in 1968 by Mama Cass Eliot. National Public Radio declared "Dream a Little Dream" as one of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century. It was composed by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. Glenda Tippett arranged the song for treble choir.
Other works on the CD include the rarely-heard "Messe breve" by Leo Delibes; settings of two gospel songs, "Steal Away" and "My God is a Rock;" works recently composed for women's choir by Imant Raminsh, Robert Nelson, Eugene Butler, Richard Kidd, Nicholas White and Daniel Kallman; "Five Motets" by Jean Langlais; and "Tantum ergo" by Gabriel Faure.
The 20 women of Las Cantantes and their director recorded the album in Keller Hall and at the Cathedral of St. John. The accompanists are pianist Anne Laird and organist Iain Quinn. Thevenot accompanies one work on piano.
The May 7 performance includes selections from CD. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors over 65 or $5 for students at the door.
For more information visit: Las Cantantes.