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Singing

April 5 was the Hopeful Cluster’s Lenten Cantata.  We adopted a Baptist from Amesbury and a Bass from Maine to add to our diversity of Methodists from the local area, singing Marty Parks’ “Worthy!”.  I would definitely recommend the piece for any church choir.  The arrangements were easy to learn, in good ranges for 4 parts, and worked well even with a top-heavy choir; we typically have only 4 basses and 2 tenors to try to balance 15 alto and soprano voices.  Its narration favored Revelation more than traditional Easter fare, but the music was both fun to sing and very moving.  We spanned traditional hymns, gospel choruses and Taize chants in an hour of choral music.  I had the honor of opening the piece with a short solo, echoing the song of the seraphim.  The concert went extremely well and was an appropriate kickoff to a meaningful Holy Week.

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