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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chor Leoni Releases New CD: Meetin' Here Tonight ~ collection of hymns, gospel tunes, and spirituals ~

Vancouver's renowned Chor Leoni Men's Choir and Artistic Director, Diane Loomer, C.M. are pleased to announce the release of their latest CD, Meetin' Here Tonight. The album is a collection of beloved hymn tunes, gospel songs, and spirituals, and was recorded because of audience reaction to concert of the same name.

"Many of our audience and singers have enjoyed performing and hearing Christian music written not for the concert hall, or great cathedral, but by and for ordinary people," explains Loomer. "Partly at our listeners' request, and partly for our own enjoyment, we put together a collection of hymns and spirituals for our spring 2009 concert. The wildly enthusiastic, standing-room-only response to those performances inspired us to make this CD."

The disc evokes a less complicated time when people shared through common song their joys, pain, and hopes. Meetin' Here Tonight includes examples of Shaker melodies, hymns from the Mennonite tradition, classic English hymn tunes, and favourite gospel and spiritual numbers. It is a collection that aims to inspire, console and excite - as well as get your toes tapping, too.

"Meetin' Here Tonight features Chor Leoni singing songs written by and for ministers, congregations, believers, workers, slaves, and just plain folk," adds Loomer. "Many of them sung first, and only written down later. This was music originally heard not in concert halls or cathedrals but in country churches, cotton fields, ghettos, and - at 'meetin's."
The CD was released on the choir's own label, Cypress Choral Recordings and is available through www.chorleoni.org and in record stores.

Meetin' Here Tonight playlist:
1. There's a Meetin' Here Tonight music and text: traditional, arr. Ron Smail
2. Shall We Gather at the River music and text: Robert Lowry
3. Hard Times music and text: Stephen Foster, arr. Willi Zwozdesky
4. All Beautiful the March of Days music: traditional, harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams, text: Frances Whitmarsh Wile
5. Not One Sparrow is Forgotten music and text: Shaker hymn, arr. William Hawley
6. Precious Lord music: Thomas A. Dorsey after George N. Allen, arr. Diane Loomer, text: Thomas A. Dorsey
7. Eternal Father, Strong to Save music: John B. Dykes, arr. Paul Sjolund, text: William Whiting
8. Goin' Home music: Antonin Dvo?ák, arr. Diane Loomer, text: William Arms Fisher
9. Nobody Knows the Trouble I See music and text: spiritual, arr. Roland Pack
10. Blessed Assurance music: Phoebe P. Knapp, arr. Ken Cormier, text: Frances J. Crosby
11. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot music and text: spiritual
12. In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin' music and text: spiritual, arr. Jester Hairston
13. Witness music and text: spiritual, arr. Jack Halloran, Jonathan Quick
14. All Through the Night music: traditional Welsh, arr. Mack Wilberg, text: Sir Harold Boulton, alt.
15. In the Garden music and text: C. Austin Miles, adapt. Charles H. Webb
16. Wehrlos und verlassen music: William Warren Bentley, text: Mary Dagworthy James, trans. Carl Röhl
17. Abide with Me music: William Henry Monk, text: Henry Francis Lyte
18. Over Yonder music and text: spiritual, arr. Diane Loomer
19. Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal music and text: traditional, arr. Alice Parker
20. Ain'-A That Good News! music and text: spiritual, arr. William L. Dawson

Chor Leoni gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Government of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, The Corporation of the District of West Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation, CBC, The Vancouver Sun, Playboard, Northwest Musical Services, Ltd, Cypress Choral Music,and Contact Printing & Mailing Ltd. Chor Leoni also thanks its many generous individual donors and volunteers.

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