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Working with spirituals has changed my life. The songs first sung by enslaved Africans in the U.S. have pulled from me an emotional depth that I didn’t know was there. To sing the songs well, you must inhabit those parts of yourself that are broken, tired and scared, yet also resilient, hopeful and strong. I love singing and directing this music. It requires that I, as the director, step out of my comfort zone and talk about real emotions with my ensemble and inhabit those spaces myself as I am conducting the music. It is my hope that our singers and audiences receive the wisdom of these songs -- that regardless of what life presents to you, you never lose your hope for a better day. There is a Balm in Gilead! There is a brighter day coming. This perspective has transformed me from a cynical, small person into someone who aspires to inhabit the perspective of hope for me, my family and our world. May you find this hope as you listen today

- John Hubert, Artistic Director


The Arvada Chorale

> Daniel, Daniel Servant of the Lord

Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989)
Bob Hunter and Robert Ostrowski, soloists

> Steal Away

Roland Carter (b. 1942)

Ron DeVries, soloist

> There is a Balm in Gilead

Ysaÿe Barnwell (b. 1946)

> Rockin’ Jerusalem

André Thomas  (b. 1952)

> I’ve Been in the Storm so Long

Jeffrey Ames (b 1969)

Thalassa Martinez, soloist                  

> City Called Heaven

Josephine Poelintz (b. 1942)

Laura Brassie, soloist

> John the Revelator

Sean Ivory (b. 1969) & Paul Caldwell   (b. 1963)




The Spirituals Project

> I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray

Arr. Verolga Nixn (1933–2014)

Dana Portnoy, soprano

> Hear My Prayer

Moses Hogan (1957–2003)

> Opened My Mouth to the Lord

Arr. Raymond Wise (b. 1961)

> Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name

Arr. Brazeal W. Dennard (1929–2010)

George Nelson, baritone

> Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Traditional Spiritual

> This Little Light O’ Mine

Arr. John Wesley Work III (1901–1967)

Dianne Briscoe McKenzie, soprano (Friday) and Ava Kowalski, soprano (Saturday)

> Walk Together Children

Arr. William Henry Smith (1908–1944)

The Arvada Chorale and The Spirituals Project

> Lift Every Voice for Freedom

Arr. Moses Hogan

Pauletta Jackson (Friday) and Abe Hutt (Saturday), narrator

> I Wanna Be Ready

Arr. M. Roger Holland II (b. 1964)

Dianne Briscoe McKenzie, soprano, Selena Gilbert, mezzo soprano, Dana Portnoy, soprano,  Michael R. Jordan, bass, and Damien Krzyzek, tenor

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