Sonoma County singer-songwriter Kate Wolf died of leukemia in 1986, when she was just 42. Now her enduring music is being presented in a new form—as a choral composition that will get its world premiere on her home turf this weekend.
Unfinished Life uses 13 of Kate Wolf's songs to craft an impressionistic choral biography of the late singer-songwriter. But composer Randall Keith Horton says he intends the 20-minute piece as both a tribute to her music, and a personal appreciation of her generous nature.
To prepare for writing "Unfinished Life," composer Randall Keith Horton immersed himself in her recordings, where he found several recurring themes that he incorporated into the work. One of the most significant, he explains, was dreams.
Much of Kate Wolf's music carefully observes the natural world, its flora, fauna and topography, but it speaks at other levels simultaneously. Horton says his approach, as composer, was more metaphorical, as in the way he wove in one of her best-known songs, "Across the Great Divide."
You can read more about colmposer Horton and Unfinished Life here. Information about the California Redwood Chorale is at their website, while tickets for the two performances can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.