Ashes of Roses
Ashes of Roses
A Requiem by Jocelyn Hagen
with works by
and other composers
with special guests
Saint Mary’s College Belles Voix
Sunday, March 5, 2023
Church of Our Lady of Loretto
Saint Mary’s College
This concert sponsored in part by The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s ArtsEverywhere Initiative.
This concert will feature the world premiere of Minnesota-based composed Jocelyn Hagen’s requiem, Ashes of Roses, in a new orchestration. Originally scored for SATB chorus, soprano, mezzo-soprano, and baritone soloists, soprano saxophone soloist, and large orchestra, Jocelyn is re-scoring the work for performance with accompaniment of organ and several instruments, making it more possible for small ensembles like the South Bend Chamber Singers to perform. The work gets its name from Elaine Goodale Eastman’s poem “Ashes of Roses,” which is incorporated into the traditional Latin text of the requiem mass as the 4th movement and is scored for 4-part women’s voices. The Saint Mary’s College Belles Voix will join the treble voices of the SBCS for this movement. Hagen also incorporates a text from I Corinthians in the Agnus Dei, sung by the baritone soloist.
For the other half of our program, we will perform American composer Morten Lauridsen’s cycle of choral pieces, Les Chansons des Roses. The SMC Belles Voix will also perform several pieces alone.
Jocelyn Hagen composes music that has been described as “simply magical” (Fanfare Magazine) and “dramatic and deeply moving” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul). Her first forays into composition were via songwriting, and this is very evident in her work. The majority of her compositional output is for the voice: solo, chamber and choral. Her dance opera collaboration with choreographer Penelope Freeh, titled Test Pilot, received the 2017 American Prize in the musical theater/opera division as well as a Sage Award for “Outstanding Design.” The panel declared the work “a tour de force of originality.” Her melodic music is rhythmically driven, texturally complex, and has recently become more experimental in nature. In 2013 she released an EP entitled MASHUP, in which she performs Debussy’s “Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum” while singing Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team.” Jocelyn is also one half of the band Nation, an a cappella duo with composer/performer Timothy C. Takach, and together they perform and clinic choirs from all over the world.
Her commissions include Conspirare, The Minnesota Orchestra, the American Choral Directors Associations of Minnesota, Georgia, Connecticut and Texas, the North Dakota Music Teacher’s Association, Cantus, the Boston Brass, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and The Houston Chamber Choir, among many others. She is currently an artist-in-residence at North Dakota State University and regularly composes for their ensembles. For ten years she was a composer-in-residence for the professional choir she also sang in: The Singers, under the direction of Matthew Culloton. Her music has been performed all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Her work is independently published through JH Music, as well as Graphite Publishing, G. Schirmer, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Fred Bock Music Publishing, and Boosey and Hawkes.