The choir at my parish Church (St. Boniface, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL) sang the amazing "Alleluia" by Randall Thompson at the 9:00a.m. Eucharist today.
It was such a joy to be "bathed" in this gorgeous music. I wanted to be singing with the choir, but as the Presider at this morning's liturgy it was much better that I was simply able to allow the music to "speak" to me and to refresh my soul and spirit.
I congratulate our musician Seth Wertz and the choir for enabling such beauty.
Thompson's Alleluia was a "party piece" for the choir at St. Stephen's in Pittsfield, MA, where I was Rector from 1984-2000. It was there that I first heard it and began to appreciate it.
Thus it was a gift from St. Stephen's for me. So as the St. Boniface Choir sang this morning my mind and heart went back to my years in Pittsfield ( indeed the best [for me] years of my various parish ministries).
Thanks be to G-d for music, for Randall Thompson, for Church Choirs, for St. Stephen's Pittsfield, and now for St. Boniface Church here in Sarasota.
Here's a bit about Randall Thompson.