Happy Wednesday to you all. Well, we received the largest snowfall of the season thus far yesterday, a little under six inches. Nothing like what the East Coast has experienced so far this winter, though.
Excitement is mounting around these parts for this coming Friday's John Angotti concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. John is a treasured member of the WLP family. At the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress last year, John, a large band of instrumentalists, and a large choir—made up of mostly young people—performed a concert at the Anaheim Convention Center's arena. It was superb. I am getting excited about Friday night, because John will have over 300 people in the choir at Carnegie Hall, picture here:
Here's just a snippet of one of my favorite John Angotti pieces, I Survive. John's music and lyrics have touched the hearts—including my own—of tens of thousands of people around the world. He is a music missionary, sharing not only his music, but his own faith and struggles on life's journey. I will never forget an experience with John and his ministry here in Chicago. A few years ago, the Archdiocese celebrated a Mass of sending for the pilgrims traveling to World Youth Day. Cardinal George was the celebrant. He was surrounded by the auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese, as well as several priests. John had worked with the choir and the instrumentalists. I wasn't quite sure how the Cardinal would react to the contemporary style of music he was about to hear. The processional piece was John's Veni Creator Spiritus. Please listen to this piece, so that you can see that contemporary composers like John Angotti can compose in a number of styles. When these young people at that Mass began to sing this piece in Latin, adding the descants, it was one of those stunning liturgical moments. Once the Cardinal took his place among the other bishops and priests in the sanctuary, the music had risen to kind of a whirlwind of sound, reminding me of the breath of the Holy Spirit. It was beautiful and noble. John modeled liturgical music ministry so well for these young people. Of course, there were other moments in the liturgy when the music had more of a contemporary rock feel. It was great to see our Cardinal clapping along with the other bishops and priests, as the young people in the assembly clapped and moved to the rhythms of the music.
So, perhaps you can see why we are excited about the event on Friday night in New York City. We are so grateful for John's ministry to the Church.
Gotta Sing. Gotta Pray.