of Being is
one of Creative Leaps’ most recent concert creations.
The original concept for the program was based on the Pulitzer
Prize winning novel
The Hours by Michael Cunningham and a book-long essay, In
the Service of Life, by philosopher Elaine Prevallet. At its
of Being is an exploration of creativity and identity.
What is our purpose in
the universe, on the planet, and in our local communities? What
is our responsibility, as thoughtful and creative beings, to the
in which we live? How can we discover and release our potentials,
creative and otherwise – and how are they revealed to us
through every passing moment of our lives?
of Being opens with an invitation to recognize and experience
the importance of
imagination and mystery in the world and in ourselves.
How do our impulses toward creativity and imaginative play change
us (and the world around us)? And what are the modes of perception
and questioning that propel us forward? We hear the words of
Albert Einstein and William Blake work in tandem with the music
Chopin’s “Revolutionary Etude” to evoke an important
Creative Leaps concept: “When art works, play’s the
Concert’s focus then shifts to issues of time, mortality,
and our purpose and usefulness in the world. The writings of Cunningham,
Prevallet, and others serve as touchstones for important and difficult
questions about the meaning of our lives – the days, the hours,
the singular events – in the context of a greater universal
awareness. This segment of the concert features several original
compositions from the Creative Leaps team: “Women Minstrels,” a
series of poems by flutist Donna Wissinger; “The Ballad of
the Shadow of Truth,” by composer-lyricist, John Cimino; and “Eternity
in a Moment”, a series of monologues based on the life
and writings of Virginia Woolf, by actor/writer Krista Apple.
of Being concludes with thoughtful reflections on
compassion, community and “gratitude as the right attitude” as we consider the beauty
and blessings of our planet Earth. The culminating music celebrates these values
and includes “Litany” (text by Langston Hughes), performed by soprano
Dianne Legro, and “All Good Gifts,” performed by baritone John
Cimino, from the hit musical “Godspell.”
excerpt from Eternity in a Moment:
Why do we do it? Why do we go on? Why do we love life so much?
There is something in the details, a mystery behind the story…but
there are times when I don’t even know what the story
But then, right now, I gaze upon all of you here in this room
and I see a whole new world of possibilities! The wonders that
know! The depths and secrets you each must contain! I beg
of you, do not let them go unrecorded. Write them. Speak them.
The possibilities are endless. A thousand possibilities in
every passing moment.