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Grantee: Cary Boyce

Project Title: A Garden of Roses
Year awarded: 2019, Round 2

A new work for chorus and string quartet, A Garden of Roses, will have its world premiere featuring the Spokane String Quartet’s and Kantorei’s 2020 season.

Dr. Cary Boyce is known locally as the General Manager of Spokane Public Radio, but away from home, Cary is known primarily as an Emmy award-winning composer. SAGA is providing support for the composition and presentation of a new work in partnership with two of Spokane’s premiere ensembles, Kantorei Cathedral Choir and the Spokane String Quartet.  A Garden of Roses, a cycle for chorus and string quartet, will center on American and English poems on the theme of roses.  These flowers have long served as symbols of the human condition—from life and love to sorrow and death. The work will function as a suite with choral/strings and quartet movements in alternation.  Movements could then be extracted and performed separately by each group (choral movements with piano reductions) as well as integrated performances.

Kantorei Choir is a semi-professional group of extraordinary singers and musicians directed by Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, Director of Choral Activities at Gonzaga University.  The ensemble is separate from the University (though subsidized with rehearsal space), and is one of the top vocal ensembles in the area and the state.  The Spokane String Quartet has presented professional performances of the quartet literature in this area for more than three decades.

The concert premier of the work, is scheduled for Spring 2020 with recording sessions and wider dissemination of the work to follow.