Monday, February 7, 2011

Sweet Home Chicago and Misa Luna in Salt Lake City

Monday greetings from Chicago.

I arrived home yesterday after a week in Salt Lake City, at the Southwest Liturgical Conference.

It is astounding to see how much snow is everywhere here in Chicago.

Thanks to all who have commented recently; and thanks for your attempts at keeping a civil tone.

I must say that it was a thrill finally to be able to show people at the conference in Salt Lake City the actual scores for our new Masses. Musicians will need to begin making decisions about the Mass setting or settings they will be using in the future. From what I can see, many musicians are taking this task very seriously. I was glad that we were able to sing through many of our new and revised settings at the WLP reading session.

Another thrill in Salt Lake City was the fact that WLP's own Peter Kolar's Misa Luna was the Mass setting chosen for the conference liturgy at the cathedral. Peter was sitting a few rows behind me and he did not know that his Mass setting had been chosen. You should have seen the look of sheer delight on Peter's face during the Mass. It must always be a thrilling moment for composers when they hear their fine work translated into prayer and song for God's people.

Congratulations, Peter. This was a great moment of pride for us all.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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