Choral Artists play with tradition

The Ledger | December 20, 2019
“Eja! Eja! (Joy! Joy!)” was written in 2005 for the 40th anniversary of the Choral Arts Society of Washington and to commemorate the retirement of Fred Begun, principal timpanist for the National Symphony Orchestra. It combines texts as diverse as poetry by 19th-century English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson and 18th-century student of mysticism John Byram, along with what Craven calls “a little bit of ‘Phantom Menace.’ It’s a well balanced piece with some interesting harmony. It’s a fun romp.”