'Voices of the Diaspora...I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes'
at the Grace Church on-the-Hill
The title I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes is taken from Psalm 121, one of 15 that comprise the Jewish Song of Ascents. They have also been called the Song of Steps and the Pilgrim Songs, and were said to have been sung by the Jewish people on their pilgrimage to Jerusalem to celebrate the three major Feasts. This program commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic March on Washington and his 'I Have A Dream' speech. It highlights the unique relationship between peoples of Jewish and African heritage, and the similarity of their respective journeys from bondage to freedom to civil rights and liberties.
The program is comprised of the titles below:
Wake Up, My Spirit (Psalm 57: 6-9) – Adolphus Hailstork
Ye Shall Have A Song (Isaiah 30:29) - Adolphus Hailstork
I Am the Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1-7) Ivo Antognini
Set Me As A Seal Upon Thine Heart (Song of Solomon) – Adolphus Hailstork
Amazing Grace – Traditional, Arr. Wendell Whalum
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes – Adolphus Hailstork
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes (Psalm 121)
How Long? (Psalm 13)
The Lord Is My Shepherd, Alleluia (Psalm 23)
My Soul Hath Found Refuge In Thee (Psalm 91) – Evelyn Simpson Curenton
Amazing Grace – Traditional, Arr. Eriks Esenvalds
Truth Pressed to Earth Shall Rise - Ysaye M. Barnwell
Amazing Grace – Traditional, Arr. Len Ballentine
Hehlehlooyuh - James Furman
Way Over in Beulah Lan’ – Stacey Gibbs
Precious Lord – Thomas A. Dorsey, Arr. Arnold Sevier
Walk Together Children - Moses Hogan
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The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. The 21 classically trained outstanding vocalists of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale have shared the stage with internationally recognized artists such as Juno Award-winning jazz pianist Joe Sealy, singers Molly Johnson and Jackie Richardson, and opera star Kathleen Battle and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has performed for such luminaries as opera singer Jessye Norman and Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell. The Chorale has performed at events honouring world leaders Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, personality Muhammad Ali, and pianist Oscar Peterson and was the only Canadian ensemble invited to perform as part of the celebrations surrounding the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama in January of 2009.
Learn more about the Nathaniel Dett Chorale at http://www.nathanieldettchorale.org/
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