Thursday, March 3, 2011
In addition, the choir will be singing two pieces. The anthem is built solely on the text of Mark 9:7, "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" It is a very modern piece, as different as possible from the Renaissnace music of the last two weeks. (In rehearsal, I warned the choir to beware musical whiplash as we move from style to style.) The music has many cluster chords to give it a different sound from anything you're used to hearing us sing. It also uses long rests to draw the listener's attention to the importance of the word "listen." The second choir piece will be sung at communion, and it's a melodic tune titled "With This Communion We Thank You." Even if the first piece stretches your ear too far for comfort, I know the communion piece will be a more pleasing, though still modern, tune.
The bell choir will also be playing this week, offering "Amazing Grace" as the prelude for the late service. Our dedicated ringers are back already with only one week off. As always, it's a pleasure to conduct such talented and dedicated volunteers!