Sophia Schwaner Recording Session
Schwaner’s song At Sea takes place in the ancient world at the time of the Persian Wars. The Greek queen Artemisia has allied herself with the Persian Emperor Xerxes and is leading his forces and ships into battle against her own people. In the throes of combat, she proclaims, “Just keep going, target the enemy, keep rowing, don't look at how they bleed. Not knowing, who is friend or foe, just go.” Full lyrics are available here.
Here is the song as Schwaner submitted it in spring 2019: That song was the starting point for her weekend workshop in August with her mentor Max Vernon and music director Benjamin Rauhala.
Below is a video of the final song with scenes from the recording session.
The professional ensemble for Schwaner’s song is listed on the program page and features Ashley Loren as lead vocalist. Among her professional credits, Loren was in the Broadway revival and national tour of Jekyll & Hyde. Bios for Vernon and Rauhala are posted here.
In an interview after her recording session, Schwaner said,
“I was not expecting certain things about it [her recording session], like the intensity and talent of the singers. It was just amazing, and it was an exhilarating feeling to see your work come alive with really good artists, and really committed artists, so it was wonderful, one of the best things in my life so far.”
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