Richmond Youth Choral Society and VYSO – Premiere of Listen to the Music

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The Richmond Youth Choral Society, directed by my good friend Heidi Epp will be premiering “Listen to the Music” on Sunday with the VYSO!! Before writing the piece, I asked for suggestions from choir members. So, they asked for a piece that starts slow and then gets faster, is about nature, the rain, the ocean, and about the inspiration of music…

To hear the recording goto: Listen to the music

Here is what I ended up with for the words:

Listen to the music as it’s blow’n through the trees, the rustling leaves sing a song,
listen to the music as the birds sing along, I listen to the music all around me,
and it makes me feel like singing, singing along!
We raise our voices high and join the song.

Listen….

Listen to the music as the rain comes pouring down, waters flow’n through the stream,
the roaring of the rivers as they roll down to the sea, I listen to the music all around me,
and it makes me feels like singing, singing along!
We raise our voices high and join the song.

Listen…  Listen…  join the song, the song of joy!

Listen to the music in the rising of the seas, waves rush forth to meet the shore,
listen to the music as it’s flow’n through the storm…  through the storm,
I listen to the music all around me,
and it makes me feel like singing, singing along!
We raise our voices high and join the song.

Listen…  Listen…  join the song, the song of joy! 

Listen…

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CMU Singers – Premiere of Psalm 46

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HUGE congratulations to the Canadian Mennonite University Singers! – the premiere performance of “Psalm 46″ was brilliant, a performance that achieved an ideal balance between technical precision and emotional intensity. Especially, I’d like to thank Rudy Schellenberg, Verna Wiebe, Tirzah Lyons, Breanna Heinrichs, and Dale Thiessen for supporting the performance both instrumentally and vocally. This worship service was a wonderful experience for me …and I had the opportunity to participate by playing a really BIG GONG.

- warm wishes and heartfelt thanks to each of you!

 

This piece was commissioned by Canadian Mennonite University for their annual conference entitled Worship & Imagination. One of the conference participants offered the following in the written evaluations:

“The premiere by Corlis was astounding–it grabbed me and didn’t let go.  The intensities of the harmonies and volume painted the picture of conflict, and the settling of sound at the end created a shining silence, more alive than a mere absence of sound.”

– David Kruse (Pastor, MacGregor Evangelical Mennonite Church)