Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Translation Tuesday: Music on Long Island

"New Translation Tuesday" greetings from Bethpage, New York, here on Long Island.

Last night, at Saint Edward the Confessor church in Syosett,

a group of music directors gathered for a WLP choral reading session, "Sing the Seasons."

We sang through 25 pieces of music, ranging from James Clemens' The Holly She Bears a Berry to Lisa Stafford's hauntingly beautiful Mourns the Tree. The reading session, co-sponsored by the Rockville Centre NPM chapter, is being repeated today at Christ the King in Commack, New York.

With my job responsibilities and travel schedule, conducting choral reading sessions is a rare treat for me. WLP's selection of fine choral music has grown over the past several years. I tried to represent a wide range of music for these sessions; Spanish and bilingual selections, such as Peter Kolar's Oracion de los Fieles (Bilingual Intercessions); and music for childrens' choirs, like Marie-Jo Thum's delightful When We Sing.

Back to Chicago tonight. Beautiful, cool, and crisp day here on Long Island after an evening of steady rain.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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