Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Cantata

Linda and I had a wonderful experience the evening of Saturday, April 7.  We both sang in an Easter Catata titled "We Stand All Amazed", by Sally DeFord.  The event was sponsored by the LDS Church in Montpelier, Idaho and was held in the Montpelier Tabernacle, under the direction of Neil Harris, and with piano accompaniment by his wife Shirley.  Members of all churches in the area were invited to participate, and I represented the Bear Lake Community Presbyterian Church.  98 people performed, which is huge participation for our little valley.  We had practiced this challenging, beautiful music since January, and Neil and Shirley did an amazing job perfecting the presentation.  The music told the story of the last week in the life of Jesus Christ and the resurrection, and it was so emotionally charged that it was difficult to concentrate on singing.  We often saw people in tears in the audience.

The presentation included several soloists, two flutes, three violins, and a pipe organ in addition to the piano, narrator, and conductor.  I think this powerful music will be remembered here for a long time, and the event should promote unity with the various religions in the Bear Lake Valley.  We were proud to be a part of this, and it will be one of the highlights of the year for us.

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