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Kiss the Stars Goodnight (2010)


song cycle | 35 mins.
Commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation and Concordia Conservatory

Music by Matt Van Brink
Set to poems by Karla Kuskin, Charlie Sohne, Lilian Moore, Mary Britton Miller, Deborah Chandra, and Carl Sandburg.
First performed by students of Concordia Conservatory

1. Kiss the Stars Goodnight mezzo, violin & piano
2. A Dance soprano, alto, tenor & piano
3. Tomorrow soprano, violin, bass clarinet & piano
4. The Tree and Me soprano, cello & piano
5. The Encounter tenor & piano
6. Honeycombs soprano, alto tenor & piano
7. Cricket mezzo & five violins
8. Summer Stars soprano, flute & piano



“Very Early” by Karla Kuskin, Copyright © 1989 by Karla Kuskin.
Used by permission of S©ott Tremiel NY.
“A Dance” by Karla Kuskin, Copyright © 1989 by Karla Kuskin.
Used by permission of S©ott Tremiel NY.
“Tomorrow” by Charlie Sohne, Copyright © 2010 by Charlie Sohne.
Used by permission of the author.
“The Tree and Me” by Karla Kuskin, Copyright © 1989 by Karla Kuskin.
Used by permission of S©ott Tremiel NY.
“The Encounter” by Lilian Moore, from SAM'S PLACE Poems from the Country by Lilian Moore.
Copyright © 1973 by Lilian Moore. Used by permission of Marian Reiner.
“Where Are You Now?” by Mary Britton Miller, Copyright © 1958 by Pantheon Books, Inc., a division of Random House, Inc. Text copyright renewed 1986 by James N. Miller, from ALL ABOARD by Mary Britton Miller, illustrated by William Sokol. Used by permission of Pantheon books, a division of Random house, Inc.
“Cricket” by Deborah Chandra from Rich Lizard
“Summer Stars” by Carl Sandburg from Smoke and Steel












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