“The Sunken Gardens” to premier at the Forks
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016
“Come with me this winter night, let’s go look at all the Christmas lights. What a wonder – all aglow, Sunken Gardens in the snow.” These words begin a new piece of music called “The Sunken Gardens” composed by local musician Diane Whitacre and commissioned by the Children’s Choir of Huntington County (CCHC). This new song, along with three additional new songs or arrangements, will be premiered during the Forks of the Wabash “Christmas at the Forks” weekend.
The idea came about as part of CCHC’s year-long theme “Rooted in Place” in which each of the three main concerts focus on a specific location such as “our state” or “our world.” The Christmas Concert, which will be held on Saturday, December 3, highlights the theme “Rooted in Place: Our Town.” The concert will be held at the historic Forks of the Wabash and will feature area composers such as Diane, John Wenning and Denise Gilliland. There will also be a new piece composed by recent HNHS graduate and HU student Drew Evans.
“When Sharon Lehman, Artistic Director of CCHC, approached me about collaborating with the choirs for this project, Sunken Gardens was immediately on my short list of topics. I have loved the interaction with the choir students and their directors on this project. I think it is important that young people get a sense of the history of their community, and that we live our lives on the foundation that others have built.”
The public is invited and encouraged to attend this special concert on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Forks of the Wabash. The concert is free to the public. A love offering will be taken and all proceeds directly benefit the choir members. Additionally, audience members will be able to participate in the Forks of the Wabash Christmas tree raffle before and after the concert.
Shown in the photo is Diane Whitacre as she researches the history of the Sunken Gardens before composing the commissioned piece “The Sunken Gardens” for the Children’s Choir of Huntington County.