Love Manifested CD
To view texts, translations, and notes as performed on 12/09/2017 at All Saints Catholic Church, Dallas, TX, click here.
Soloists: Matthew Stump, bass-baritone, Anthony McMullen, tenor, John Lackey, bass-baritone, Rebecca Hansen, mezzo-soprano, Tiffany Silva, soprano, Josefina Maldonado, mezzo-soprano, Donald Jones, bass, Nicholas Chabot, tenor
01: O Magnum Mysterium - Wayne Oquin, 02: My Lord Has Come - Will Todd, 03: Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) - Ola Gjeilo, 04: Way over in Beulah Lan' - Trad. Spiritual, Arr. Stacey V. Gibbs, 05: Caritas et Amor - Z. Randall Stroope, 06: The Hands That First Held Mary's Child - Dan Forrest, 07: Wade in de Water - Trad. Spiritual, Arr. Allen Koepke, 08: Vocalise - S. Rachmaninoff (Arr. Tanner Wilemon for mixed voices, piano, cello), 09: The Turtle Dove - R. Vaughan Williams, 10: Erev Shel Shoshanim ("Evening of Roses") - Josef Hadar, Arr. Jack Klebanow, 11: Naiman Sharag ("The Eight Chestnut Horses") - Se Enkhabayar, 12: Let My Love Be Heard - Jake Runestad, 13: Gravedigger - Dave Matthews, Arr. Timothy C. Takach, 14: Please Stay - Jake Runestad, 15: You Do Not Walk Alone - Dominick DiOrio, 16: There Is A Balm In Gilead - Trad. Spiritual, Arr. William Dawson, 17: Flight Song - Kim André Arnesen, 18: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon, Arr. Kirby Shaw
Sacred and secular songs depicting various sources and manifestations of love that speak to hope, community, and friendship, especially in times of strife and crisis.
Written by Jon L. Culpepper, Founding Artistic Director, Conductor, on his Facebook wall, December 23, 2017:
Over the course of two marathon days at the beautiful Perkins Chapel at SMU, I have had the distinct pleasure and honor of working with some of the finest human beings, vocal artists, and musicians.
The album is a culmination of a year of introspection on my part as an artistic response to the horrific tragedies and acts of violence around the world, the apparent lack of empathy and compassion towards the sufferings of our fellow brothers and sisters, and to address the lived reality of so many who suffer in isolation due to depression, mental illness, or thoughts of suicide especially during this holiday season. Those who know me will understand that the arts, to me, serve a higher purpose, that is, to embrace and celebrate our humanity as a community of broken individuals who strive earnestly to build up each other and to stand up for the disenfranchised, especially those living among us. Their rights and freedoms are ours. Their pains and sufferings, ours. Their failures and successes, ours.