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Just got word from Vincent Metallo that he’s programmed How Do I Love Thee? on the 7 pm Monday, June 16th 2014 concert of the  Pennsylvania Girlchoir at the Commonwealth Youth Choirs Gala in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

This continues their Tenth Anniversary celebrations, and the concert includes the Keystone State Boychoir. More details here.

I’m so proud to be a part of their celebrations, and honored to be included in this grand concert!

How Do I Love Thee? SSAA with piano or string quartet, 7′. Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Commissioned by the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Vincent Metallo, music director, for its Tenth Anniversary. Premiered 1 June 2014, the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and Ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith;
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
“Sonnet 43,” Sonnets from the Portuguese, 1845

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