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Monday, May 12, 2008

Nobody Does It Like Salem


It's a grey and foggy Monday after Pentecost. I received a dvd from the church I used to serve, Salem Covenant in New Brighton. It was the performance of Brahm's "Requiem" in German with two pianos, harp and tympani. This is a choir's choir. Under the direction of Bev Scripter, they worked several years on this monster and to listen to it is to be transported into another time and realm.
I guess the Salem community did not get the memo that choirs are out of sync and this kind of dedication is impossible. Nobody commits to the length of time and rehearsal discipline anymore. And in German? Are you kidding? Nobody will come and sit through several hours of this.
Yet the dvd shows a full sanctuary attentively grabbed by this magnificent sound. Blessings to you all!

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