Don’t know how many readers I have in the vicinity, but next Thursday some friends and I will be doing a concert. Tentative line-up:
Day Is Done (AR HYD Y NOS, James Quinn, SJ)
Meditation on Thais (Jules Massenet)
Be With Us Lord (my setting of Ps 91)
probably High Hopes (Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn, one of my wife’s favorites)
Ashokan Farewell (Jay Ungar)
two from Tobit: Sarah’s Burden & Marriage Prayer
The Heavens Declare (my setting of Ps 19A)
Now The Silence (Vajda/Schalk)
Gabriel’s Oboe (Ennio Morricone)
Take, Lord, Receive (John Foley, SJ)
three from the new musical Ruth:
Go Back & Where You Go, I Will Go by Naomi and her two daughters-in-law from chapter 1
Spread Your Wing, a duet for Ruth and Boaz from chapter 3 of the book.
We Draw Water (my setting of Carl Daw’s adaptation of Is 12:1-6)
a Gabriel Faure duet for guitar and flute
Maiden Voyage (Herbie Hancock)
Lord Today (my setting of Ps 98)
Yahweh Is My Light (a 1983 setting of Ps 27, hence the Y-name)
And maybe a few requests. I’m particularly excited about the Ruth songs and the Herbie Hancock tune. On that latter, I think I’ve convinced a flute and oboe player to do solos. I told them it didn’t have to be super-jazzy, but to just have fun with the improvisation.
I haven’t done a concert since 1999. But I’m excited about the selections, especially the arrangements of “covers,” like Now The Silence.