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Day of Remembrance

Location: Virginia, USA
Choir type: College and University Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
This weekend my Early Music Ensemble not only has our Spring Concert (already announced on ChoralNet), but Saturday is the 4th anniversary of the dreadful shooting on the Virginia Tech campus, and we were asked to provide music for a Day of Remembrance service at our local Anglican Church, St. Francis.  Since our Spring Concert is the following day, I could only use music we already knew from our Winter Concert or would have prepared for the Spring Concert, and "Now Is the Month of Maying" would hardly be appropriate!  I thought some might be interested in how we'll make it work.  The format is a sort of Lessons and Carols.
 
PRELUDE:  Vivaldi, Double Cello Concerto, Slow Movement
PROCESSIONAL: "A Mighty Fortress"
FIRST READING:  The Prayer of St. Francis
MUSIC:  Allegri, "Miserere," Vss. 1-4
SECOND READING:  Psalm 30
MUSIC:  Allegri, Vss. 9-12
THIRD READING:  Psalm 23
FOURTH READING:  I Corinthians 15:50-58
MUSIC:  Allegri, Vss. 13-16
FIFTH READING:  Psalm 130
MUSIC:  Allegri, Vss. 17-20
SIXTH READING:  I Thessalonians 4:13-18
SEVENTH READING:  The Names of the Victims who lost their Lives
MUSIC:  "Somewhere" (from "West Side Story")
EIGHTH READING:  Eclesiastes 12:1-8
RECESSIONAL:  "Crown Him with Many Crowns"
POSTLUDE:  Muffat, Saraband from Orchestral Suite in D
 
For the past 3 years Tech has cancelled classes on April 16 in remembrance.  This is the first time the date has fallen on a weekend, and Palm Sunday weekend at that!  I don't know what they will do in the future, now that the last of the students who were on campus on that dreadful day should have graduated.  Miserere mei, Deus, indeed!
 
All the best,
John
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