Saturday, December 13, 2008

Peace on Earth, World Voices concert

Last night, Sandy and I attended the POE concert by choral group World Voices at the Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. This annual event partners a first-class choir with other local ensembles, mostly drawn from local schools. This year featured the Ascension School Choir, the FAIR School Choir, the Minnesota Boychoir, Partners in Priase, Con Brio Choir, and the Robbinsdale All-District Elementary Choir.

Karle Erickson, artistic director of World Voices, led the evening's music from the podium, which included participation from the audience. The programme featured the very best Christmas music from around the world, including "Joy to the World", "Gloria", "Kling, Glockchen", "Hatikva", "Betelehemu", "Cantico di Frate Sole" and "This is my Father's World". The evening ended with all the choirs and the audience singing together on "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands".

I'm proud to be on the Board of Directors of World Voices, and I think of this event as being the highlight of our year. Great credit is due to our artistic partners in this event, including the Saint Anthony Sacred Dancers, the University of Minnesota Steel Drum Ensemble, and various accompanists on organ, brass and percussion. The children did a fabulous job and their presence made the evening both a musical success and a cause for hope that peace on earth might one day become a reality.

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