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UrsinusBombergerHallI’m looking forward to hearing a whole slew of my anthems sung by the combined Ursinus College Choir and Meistersingers this Saturday, April 20th, 7:30 pm at Ursinus College. John French conducts, and Alan Morrison is the organist.

I attended rehearsal last week and the music was already well in hand. John French shaped inner lines with a fine ear for depth and color. (It’s at times like these that I’m glad I worry over inner lines.) Some of the anthems (Behold, the Best) are recent; some (Unto the Hills) go back quite a ways. Some use existing hymn tunes and some of the melodies are original.

John asked me to speak to the choir during the rehearsal, and I hope I was able to shed some light on the music, or at least didn’t get in the way of it. Kind of like composing, come to think of it. The anthems are:

  • Behold, the Best, the Greatest Gift
  • Come, Gather All
  • Holy Mountain
  • I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
  • Unto the Hills

They will also sing the James Whitbourn Son of God Mass on this concert. Along with organ accompaniment, it has an extensive part for soprano saxophone, which Holly Hubbs will play.

Thanks to John, and to the students and community of Ursinus!

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