Radford University Department of Music


I Can See the Light

a concert where science and music collide

Meredith Y. Bowen, DMA, conductor

Cynthia Flanagan, pianist

Ishmale Davis, Amber Funderburg, Nick Goodson, and Becky Schwab, percussion


Ose Ayo                                                                                                arr. Brian Tate

Ose Ayo is a Nigerian sunrise song. The meaning is loosely translated as "thank you" and "joyful."

Bright Morning Stars                                                                        arr. Shawn Kirchner

Solo: Ben Sherman

Shenandoah                                                                                  arr. Brandon Williams

Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia                                                                       David L. Brunner

Translation: So I am moving with my heart, So I am leaving with a drum, I sing to you all day long with affection and joy, So I am leaving with a drum with affection and emotion.

Lay Earth's Burden Down                                                      Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory

The Peace of Wild Things                                                                          Joan Szymko

"When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and children's lives may be, I go lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free." - Wendell Berry

Three Nocturnes                                                                                         Dan Forrest 

1. Stars

"Alone in the night On a dark hill With pines around me Spicy and still, And a heaven full of stars Over my head White topaz and misty red: Myriads with beating Hearts of fire That aeons Cannot vex or tire; Up the dome of heaven Like a great hill, I watch them marching stately and still, And I know that I Am honored to be Witness Of so much majesty." - Sara Teasdale

2. Lightly Stepped a Yellow Star

"Lightly stepped a yellow star To its lofty place, Loosed the moon her silver hat From her lustral face. All of evening softly lit As an astral hall - Father, I observe to Heaven, You are punctual."        - Emily Dickinson

3. ...Thou Motive of the Stars

"O vast Rondure, swimming in space, Cover'd all over with visible power and beauty, Alternate light and day and the teeming spiritual darkness, Unspeakable high processions of sun and moon and countless stars above... Thou transcendent... Light of the light, shedding forth universes, thou centre of them, Thou mightier centre of the true, the good, the loving, Thou moral spiritual fountain - affection's source - thou reservoir! Thou pulse - Thou motive of the stars, suns, systems, That, circling, move in order, safe, harmonious... Across the shapeless vastnesses of space..." - Walt Whitman

Light of a Clear Blue Morning                                                   arr. Craig Hella Johnson

Solo: Alex Lyons, Trio: Zoe Jones, Charlotte Hargest, Adele Gleixner

Let the River Run                                                                      arr. Craig Hella Johnson

For more information on Climate Change and what you can do, check out these websites and articles in the New York Times, the Business Insider, The Nature Conservancy, and NASA. Or watch a documentary Chasing Ice