Dick Brown, Director
Nez Perce Promises
A new work by
composer Davis Alan Earnest
with libretto by Diane Josephy Peavey
Lapwai High School
June 23, 3:00pm
Admission is free, but donations are greatly
All venues are accessible
P.O. Box 164, Ketchum, ID 83340
World Premier of Nez Perce: Promises
The Caritas Chorale will present the
cantata “Nez Perce: Promises” in Lapwai, on June 23rd at 3:00 p.m. at
the Lapwai High School gym.
This free concert is a gift to the Nez Perce from the Chorale.
Everybody is welcome!
This will be the first performance of the
piece commissioned by The Chorale and music director Dick Brown.
Librettist, Diane Josephy Peavey, is the daughter of Alvin Josephy, one
of the first writers to review Native American history with a truthful and
sympathetic eye, and a long time friend of the Nez Perce.
Josephy Peavey spent over two years working with tribal historians and
elders on a poetic interpretation of their history after the fateful meeting
with the Lewis and Clark expedition.
From Creation to the tragic flight to Canada, the story reaches high and
low points matched by the music of Boise composer, David Alan Earnest.
Commissioning this work is a great privilege; it is hoped it will have a
life of its own.
Caritas Chorale, based in Ketchum, Idaho,
was founded in 2000 to present free classical and traditional concerts to the
community. It consists of forty to
sixty singers for each concert and instrumentalists are brought in as needed.
Most are from Boise and also play in the Boise Philharmonic.
The Chorale has sung in Boise and Idaho Falls as well as throughout the
Wood River Valley. It has also
taken three singing tours of Europe.
This is not a story told from the Nez
Perce point of view but is an interpretation by Diane Josephy Peavey and the
Caritas Chorale. Each time we
practice this piece it becomes more meaningful to us.
We hope you are similarly moved.
For more information as well as a short video introduction by Dick Brown,
please visit our website, caritaschorale.org.
For questions or comments regarding this email
please contact Ann McCormack at 208.843.7324 or via email