Gwyneth Walker

The Great Lakes Overture

for Chamber Orchestra (2018)

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Commissioned by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra to open their 2018-19 season
Premiered on September 8, 2018, GLCO, Libor Ondras - Music Director, Petoskey, Michigan

This overture, which can be played separately, is part of a larger work - a cantata for chorus and orchestra entitled The Great Lakes. Jointly commissioned by the Toledo (OH) Choral Society and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the cantata will be performed in Toledo and in Petoskey in 2020.

The overture, which will preface the cantata, was composed especially to celebrate the opening of the GLCO 2018-19 season at the Great Lakes Performing Arts Center. This music is inspired by the lakes, or lake activities. The listener may hear:

fog horns
the energy of setting sail
gentle waves, and birds in flight
a storm!
a lone bird singing after the storm passes
the grandeur of the lakes

Notes by the composer