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A Youth Choir Festival

posted Nov 8, 2014, 8:31 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 8, 2014, 8:32 AM ]
Next Sunday, November 16th at 3:00 pm, the Music Commission of the Diocese of Brooklyn will sponsor its Second Annual Youth Choir Festival at Good Shepherd Church in Marine Park.

Five choirs are performing, including a couple performers from our own parish! Kevin Milbouer sings with the Xaverian High School Jazz Choir, committed to performing vocal and Doo-Wop standards of the ‘50s and ‘60s. (They’ve traveled to Japan three times in the last decade to perform!) They’ll sing Stand By Me, inspired by Psalm 46 and recorded over 400 times! They’ll express their longing for warm weather with California Dreamin’; ranked #89 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”! Also in their set is #342 from that same list, Runaround Sue.

That list’s #24 is also on the program, the gospel-influenced R&B 1965 hit People Get Ready, performed by Good Shepherd Children’s Choir. And they’re getting ready for Christmas with an exuberant calypso anthem! They’ll also present an arrangement of the well-known African-American spiritual Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, and John Rutter’s gentle A Gaelic Blessing, sometimes known as ‘Deep Peace’.

Peace is also expressed in the eloquent One Candle Lights the Way sung by Our Lady of Grace Children’s Choir, comprised of 30 children ages 6-12. They rehearse weekly and sing each Sunday at 10:00 am Mass.

Our Lady of the Snows Bell Choir is ringing several pieces, including Morning Has Broken (BUNESSAN). Saint Bernard’s Contemporary Youth Ensemble also appears on the program. And all five of these choirs combine to sing and ring two pieces for the finale, which I have the privilege to accompany! So please join us for an afternoon of great music! The concert is free and open to the public!