Many thanks to the fine photographers whose work appears on this site...
- Ray Colletti
- Rebecca Levings
- Claire Timm
- Cynthia Valencic
...and many more!
Our Summer Concert...
Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm (note earlier time)
TCC Turner Auditorium
The Testament of Freedom is based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson, while Song of Democracy sets this Walt Whitman poem to music.
Testament of Freedom / Randall Thomson
The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy but cannot disjoin them.
—A Summary View of the Rights of British America (1774)
I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on steady advance... And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them... The flames kindled on the 4th of July, 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.
—Letter to John Adams, Monticello (September 12, 1821)
Song of Democracy / Howard Hanson
An old man's thoughts of school, An old man's gathering youthful memories and blooms that youth itself cannot. Now only do I know You, O fair auroral skies - O morning dew upon the grass! And these I see, these sparkling eyes, These stores of mystic meaning, these young lives, Building, equipping like a fleet of ships, immortal ships, Soon to sail out over the measureless seas, On the soul's voyage. Only a lot of boys and girls? Only the tiresome spelling, writing, ciphering classes? Only a public school? Ah more, infinitely more. And you America, Cast you the real reckoning for your present? The lights and shadows of your future, good or evil? To girlhood, boyhood look, the teacher and the school. Sail, Sail thy best, ship of Democracy, Of value is thy freight, 'tis not the present only, The Past is also stored in thee. Thou holdest not the venture of thyself alone, not of thy Western continent alone. Earth's resume entire floats on thy keel, O ship, is steadied by thy spars, With thee Time voyages in trust, the antecedent nations sink or swim with thee. With all their ancient struggles, martyrs, heroes, epics, wars, thou bear'st the other continents, Theirs, theirs as much as thine, the destination - port triumphant; Steer then with good strong hand and wary eye O helmsman, thou carriest great companions, Venerable priestly Asia sails this day with thee, And royal feudal Europe sails with thee. Sail, Sail thy best, ship of Democracy, Of value is thy freight.
Text by Walt Whitman (1819-1892), from ""An Old Man's Thoughts of School", written for the inauguration of a Public School, Camden, New Jersey, 1874; and from "Thou Mother with thy equal brood" (Fourth Part).
Tickets available from any Tallahassee Civic Chorale member
or by calling (850) 942-1893.
or by calling (850) 942-1893.
All 3 Concerts!
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