Stephen Self plays Softly and Tenderly at Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis this Sunday at the 10:30 service.
I wrote this short work for solo piano quite a while back, and revised it in 2012. You can read a description of the setting of this old revivalist tune here; for the Broad Street Review I wrote about the revision process here.
Stephen runs a thriving and active music program at Grace University Lutheran, located next to the University of Minnesota and one of the most important hospital complexes in the Twin Cities. Along with choirs and a healing ministry it includes a Composer in Residence program with composition students from UM. I’m grateful that I’m able to participate long-distance in the life of this church on Sunday!