ANTHEM-STAND IN THE LIGHT

a simple 2-part round for voices with piano

Chorosynthesis Reading Session on Social Consciousness

Hosted by Seattle University and sponsered by Chorosynthesis Singers

Directed by Wendy Moy and Jeremiah Selvey

This  work was inspired by the Women's March, and the need for an anthem that speaks to the hopes and dreams for which the people of our democracy gather and demonstrate. I was interested in writing a simple tune that anyone could sing, one whose text embraced the goodness and hope represented by these marchers of every age and color. I wanted to create an anthem that encouraged standing for truth, affirmed values of education and growth, and embraced the gratitude of living each day--and I wanted to do it without the baggage of patriarchal, nationalistic or religious language.


WORLD PREMIERE:

Song of the Seeress - Völuspá, 

Featuring Soprano, Alexandra Picard 

Northwest Symphony Orchestra,

directed by Anthony Spain  

This piece steps back 1000 years into the medieval sagas of the Vikings. The work sets text from the opening portion of the Icelandic poem,Völuspá, one of the most beautiful and influential of the Eddic poems preserved from the Viking Age. These sagas are the primary sources for the study of Norse mythology.

They are the wellspring that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S Lewis, and they continue to influence modern fantasy genres today. 

About the music:
This orchestral score is cinematic and programatic in scope, reflecting the commitment to serving a narrative form that dates back to the Viking "Skalds" and historic poetic storytellers. It unfolds in an interweaving pattern between harp and piano that represents the "spinning out" of a story, a nod to the integral role weaving played in the fabric of Viking culture--both in design and in narrative. Horn calls harken to the role of Valhalla as an afterlife where valiant warriors spend their days feasting and fighting. The selective use of horn, harp and flute throughout the piece are a historic nod  to instru-ments whose predecessors were actually mentioned in the ancient texts. A solo violin also appears throughout the work, representing the unpredictable nature of fate, and mimicking some of the sounds of the traditional Nordic folk fiddle or Hardanger fiddle. 

THIS FRAGILE SPINNING EARTH

SSSAA choir, with piano, opt. handbells and windchimes

Twin Cities Women's Choir

Directed by Janice Hunton

This SSAA choral anthem was inspired by NASA's amazing HD image of the earth. The sight of this stunning blue planet surrounded by the darkness of space profoundly moved me, particularly in light of the crisis I saw happening all around both politically and ecologically.  The astounding beauty of the picture was a reminder that as distractingly fractious as this world can be, the most significant factor defining our future will be the uniting principle of protecting and caring for our one fragile, beautiful planet.

This work was premiered by the Twin Cities Women's  Choir, at their ILLUMINATIONS Concert, Dec. 2, 2017.  I was touched to have the choir sing it  in honor of my beloved mother, Corinne Cruver,  who passed just weeks before the concert. It was a beautiful expression of what my mom believed; she was such a light of goodness in this world, and such an advocate for our planet. 

For a live recording from their concert: https://soundcloud.com/karimedina/4-30-this-fragile-spinning-1

​​​​​Kari Cruver Medina,  Composer

ONE SNOWY DAY....  

Winter Orchestral Suite for Chamber Orchestra​
Directed by Dr. Leonard Tan
performed by the Ensemble de la Bella Musique (EBM)
"One Snowy Day...."  was written for the Ensemble de la Belle Musique's call for lyric, tonal Christmas scores. The music is playful and cinematic, capturing a scenic winter wonderland that evokes all the child-like joy of a single snowy day in Seattle. It is an invitation to step inside a living snow-globe and savor the transformative magic.

​Performed in the Esplanade Recital Studio in Singapore.

About the story:

Völuspá tells the story of the creation, destruction, and rebirth of the world. As the poem opens, a Seeress is seated before the Viking God, Odin. She has been summoned to recount her vision of both past and future. Song of the Seeress opens with this scene. 



​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sisters From Across the Sea
Two Poets, Two Nights,

Two Salon Style Concerts

Celebrating the lives of poets 
Emily Dickinson & Christina Rossetti. 
Composed by Kari Medina
Featuring Soprano Heather Whitney​​


​Born in the winter of 1830, and separated by five days and the sea, these two writers--one from New England, the other from Victorian England, lived parallel lives as devoted daughters, sisters, and writers. They were women whose passion was the language of poetry. Join us in for a relaxed, celebratory Salon-style evening of music and poetry that showcases the lives of these remarkable poets of the 19th century. ​

THE MESSAGE OF THE WIND

 SSATB a cappella, based on a poem by Harriett Monroe

International Alliance of Women in Music Annual Concert/ACDA Concert

ACDA Conference , New Orleans

UL Layfayette Chamber Singgers

Directed by William F. Plummer

My SSATB choral work "The Message of the Wind" was performed by the UL Lafayette Choirs

both at the IAWM concert at UL Layfayette, and at the regional American Choral Director's

Association concert in New Orleans. 


CHRISTMAS REVERIES

A Christmas Orchestral Suite for Chamber Orchestra​

Directed by Dr. Leonard Tan

performed by the Ensemble de la Bella Musique (EBM)

"Christmas Reveries"  was written for the Ensemble De La Belle Musique's call for lyric, tonal 

Christmas scores. The music is expressive and melodic, capturing the wonder and joy of the season.  It shifts from an explorative theme of anticipation and mystery, to moments of awe and rapture. The work embodies a series of dream-like vignettes that evoke the childlike joy that accompanies this beautiful and meaningful season. Every once and awhile one can hear a reference to a traditional carol woven in. 

Performed in the Esplanade Recital Studio in Singapore.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"Wider Than the Sky” 
Emily Dickinson in Poetry & Song

Heather Whitney, soprano
Kari Medina, piano


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“My Heart, a Singing Bird”

Christina Rossetti in Poetry & Song

Heather Whitney, soprano

Kari Medina, piano

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