Thursday, June 26, 2008

Letter to the World - Program

SPECIAL thanks to Molly Kohler Pei for her elegant program design and notes.


Letter to the World - Program Cover, Design and Notes by Molly Kohler Pei

Saturday, June 21, 2008


San Onofreo

On the central coast
you do not collect shells.
Instead there are moonstones to be gathered,
and agates,
microcosmic mesas and plateaus,
lava flows,
the planet Jupiter itself.

You could live out a life on these rocks,
on this beach,
among these wavebuffed fragments
of the fragile shell of earth,
and it would be a rich life

The sun lowers,
the day hovers like a gull
on a reluctant golden closure
and the sea runs misted silverblue.

With the long twilight
comes the scent of dillgreen licorice
and the atonal submarine slurrings
of a massive
earthtoned marimba.


From: "Take That CALIFORNIA TRIP(tych)"

Poem/Photo: COPYRIGHT 2008 by Ross Care

Post-Concert Blues & Heat Wave

“Ah, Sunflower,
Weary of time…..”
William Blake

Well, the much-anticipated June 8 concert went well, and was well attended (in spite of the competition from the many early summer activities in the area, including the world-famous Ojai Music Festival).

I wish to thank my entire crew of singers and instrumentalists for their talent and dedication, as well the First United Methodist Church of Venture for providing the beautiful setting.

Special thanks to Dianna Burdick from making this happen. From our first meeting looking for an aria from Norma at Wright Library through the final Sunday performance with four singers, two fine Los Angeles string players, and me apprehensively on piano, it’s been a genuine pleasure working with and getting to know you (and everyone).

You really made it happen, Dianna, and have become a wonderful, understanding friend as well. I’m more grateful than I can say for both your talent and friendship.

Thanks of course also to Molly, Steve, Philip, and Maksim, and Linda for her invaluable vocal supervision and inspiration.

So, in spite of the inevitable post-concert doldrums (tempered with a bit of relief) we move
Into the Future and Whatever Happens Next.

There’s gonna’ be a Heat Wave, a tropical heat wave…”.
Irving Berlin
(and Marilyn Monroe - in CinemaScope

What Happened Next for California is a Major Heat Wave.

Temperatures for the end of the week and current weekend are in the triple digits in many spots and hitting record highs for this early in the summer. (Today’s Times listed a high of 118 in the appropriately named Thermal, California - where ever that is - but it’s been higher than that in Palm Springs and Death Valley).

Coastal Ventura is moderate compared to inland, but yesterday the (comparatively moderate) humidity was still too much like the East Coast for my taste.

Living in California you forget about the ghastly eastern humidity but yesterday reminded me too much of Lancaster, Pa., or one especially wretched 4th of July weekend spent in Washington, DC (Humidity Capitol of the World) where all you could do of flee from one air-conditioned space to another in a dazed, lethargic frenzy.

Still we were (and are) better off than Ojai and certainly cooler than in the Valley. On Wed. Dianna and I attended a rehearsal of Verdi’s Rigoletto in Canoga Park which at 7.00 pm was still like a blast furnace.

The heat wave is expected to abate around Sunday, none too soon for me.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Letter to the World CONCERT

Ross Care, composer/pianist, Dianna Burdick, soprano, Molly Kohler Pei, soprano, Steven Perren, baritone.

"He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once." - Robert Browning"

Original Songs and Theater Music of Ross CARE

Sunday, June 8, 2008, 2.00 PM,
First United Methodist Church,
1338 E. Santa Clara St.
Ventura, California

Singers: Dianna Burdick, Molly Khler Pei, Steve Perren, Linda Ottsen
Philip Vaiman, Violin, Maksim Velichkin, Cello,
and Ross Care, Piano


Letter to the World (Emily Dickinson)

Song: When I Am Dead, My Dearest (Christina Rossetti)

Oh See How Thick the Goldcup Flowers (A. E. Housman)

White in the Moon (A. E. Housman)

The Owl and the Pussycat (Edward Lear)

Tarquin (Frank O’Hara)

4 Songs from CHAMBER MUSIC to Poems of James Joyce for Voice, Violin and Cello with Piano Obligato

Strings in the Earth and Air
The Twilight Turns from Amethyst
Winds of May
Rain Has Fallen

2 Songs to Poems of William Blake for High Soprano Solo, Violin, Cello, Piano, and 2 Backup Voices

The Lamb
Ah, Sunflower



Suite from the incidental music

for the play by Tennessee Williams
for Solo Violin, Cello, and Piano

Laura’s Theme
Paradise Ballroom
Wish on the Moon

I’ve Never Felt This Way Before
(Lyrics: Cheryl Clemson/Ross Care)

Poems by Lewis Carroll
Soloists & Ensemble, Piano, Violin & Cello
Prologue: Child of the Pure, Unclouded Brow
Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee
The Lion and the Unicorn
Royal Lullaby
The Feast
Epilogue: Come, Harken Then