In the face of the COVID-19 epidemic, Angel City Chorale is compelled to offer their conviction that, while it may seem we are all facing this crisis alone, we can still create extraordinary beauty together. “As a choir, we exist to bring people together, to elevate the human spirit and celebrate our unity of spirit and diversity of expression,” says Sue Fink, our founder and Artistic Director. “We may be separated by walls and distance, but not by heart – not from each other or from the beauty and diversity of the city we represent. We firmly believe that we will make it through this crisis, that we will come together again, sing together again and fly again.”
The 4-minute video features the chorale members pursuing their daily safer-at-home routines — ranging from home schooling and cooking to providing medical care — and pulls these disparate yearnings together for a moving expression of determination and resilience. The soundtrack is the Chorale’s live concert recording of Christopher Tin’s Sogno di Volare (The Dream of Flight), a soaring expression of the indomitable human spirit. Tin’s lyrics originate in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci about his own imaginings of flight.
The track is featured on Angel City Chorale’s 2018 CD recording, One World, available on Amazon and Spotify. The composition first came to life as a video game theme for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI in 2016, when Tin conducted the Chorale in recording it at world-famous Abbey Road studios in London.
Chorale members were encouraged to hear Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti express his own hope for renewal in his April 20 State of the City address, “We are the City of Angels, and we will fly again.” The members of Angel City Chorale wholeheartedly agree.