This program features the career of Darita Seth, from his time as a student composer at Interlochen Arts Academy to his tenure with the ensemble Chanticleer to his current work as the artistic director of the chamber choir Choral Audacity.
Seth, the son of Cambodian refugee immigrants, was the first generation of his family born in the United States.
His identity has shaped his entire professional career. An early composition, "This Tan Skin," includes music and text that he wrote as a student at Interlochen about his struggle with the "model minority" myth.
Later, he and his students founded Choral Audacity because they wanted a group that spoke to their lives and could represent their experiences.
Darita Seth, Rose Song no. 1; Elise Tudor, soprano/Bahar Annadurdyeva, piano (Interlochen Arts Academy, November 10, 2007)
Darita Seth, This Tan Skin; Matthew Hazelwood/Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra/Andrew Marquardt, narrator (April 5, 2008)
Stacy Garrop, Give Me Hunger; Chanticleer
Joni Mitchell (arr. Vince Peterson), Both Sides Now; Chanticleer
Joseph Jennings, arr., Sit Down Servant/Plenty Good Room; Chanticleer
Irving Berlin (arr. Joseph Jennings), Blue Skies; Chanticleer
Frank Ticheli, Earth Song; Choral Audacity
Ed Sheeran (arr. Darita Seth); I See Fire
Andrea Ramsey, Stomp on the Fire
The archival recordings on this program are available thanks in part to the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation Grant, support from our listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.