On September 14 at our dress rehearsal for this season, we will sing to an audience for the first time Homage a Edith by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.  It's an exciting thing to invent a new piece of music.  It starts as Fred is deciding what will go into our touring and at home programs.  My Secret Heart seemed to call for something autumnal and Scandinavian so we turned to Jaakko.  Other pieces of his, including last season's "The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls" have always been big audience pleasers, and we love to sing them.  Jaakko agreed, earlier this year, and himself proposed the text by Edith Sodergran (1892-1923)  whose poetry, in her short life, had a reputation for scandalous unconventionality and difficulty.   She contracted tuberculosis as a teenager and lived the rest of her life fighting it, weathering waves of self-doubt and depression.  The next step in the process of bringing you something entirely new is to fund it.  There we had the help of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.  Mrs. Osher is the Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco, and inclined to help advance Swedish and Scandinavian culture.   Jaakko delivered the music right on schedule, and we commenced to work on it a few weeks ago.  Today we had the help of Nina Christina Webber  with our Swedish pronunciation which she pronounced generally very good.    We can't wait to bring this piece to light.  While there's a thrill in re-introducing old music, or music with which people are very familiar, it's especially rewarding to be the first interpreters.  We hope you like it.

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