I have a confession, friends: I love classical music. Over the years I’ve learned to listen to orchestral pieces; to lean into grand concertos and soft sonatas, losing myself in their melodic stories and letting my imagination rise and fall with the music.
Another type of classical music which I greatly enjoy are sacred choral works; the tradition and history that are communicated orally through these musical pieces are a beautiful link to the past, binding together people from long ago to us today.
It might therefore be an understatement to say that I wasn’t just thrilled, but completely enthralled to be at the premiere this past Sunday of John Rutter’s newest choral work, which was conducted by Mr. Rutter himself! It was such a moving and beautiful experience that I still have goosebumps.
The next performances of The Gift of Life to be conducted by John Rutter will be at Carnegie Hall in May, then Oxford and Worcester Cathedral this summer. If you live in the NYC, Oxford or Worcester area, I strongly encourage you to attend – it’s probably one of the best gifts you can give yourself this year.
“Believe in hope as a flame ever burning;
Believe in hope, like the springtime returning;
Believe in hope, lift your eyes up into the hills,
Whence comes our help from The Lord who made heaven and earth.”
-John Rutter, The Gift of Life
Have a music-filled weekend! Until next time…