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Kiss the Stars Goodnight (2010)


song cycle for voices & piano | 30 mins.
Commissioned by Commissioned by Concordia Conservatory with the support of the Charles Kingsford Fund and the ASCAP Foundation


KISS THE STARS GOODNIGHT
Eight snapshots from the life of a kid


1. Kiss the Stars Goodnight - for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & piano (with optional violin)
setting of "Very Early" by Karla Kuskin

2. A Dance (trio) - for soprano, alto, tenor & piano
setting of "A Dance" by Karla Kuskin

3. Tomorrow - for alto (or baritone) & piano (with optional bass clarinet)
setting of "Tomorrow" by Charlie Sohne

4. The Tree and Me - for alto (or baritone) & piano (with optional cello)
setting of "The Tree and Me" by Karla Kuskin

5. The Encounter - for soprano (or tenor) & piano
setting of "Encounter" by Lilian Moore

6. Honeycombs (trio) - for soprano, alto, tenor & piano
setting of "Where Are You Now" by Mary Britton Miller

7. Cricket - for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & piano (with optional violin ensemble)
setting of "Cricket" by Deborah Chandra

8. Summer Stars - for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & piano (with optional flute)
setting of "Summer Stars" by Carl Sandburg




“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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