Songs for Our Time
A superb traditional chorale starts its Fall and Winter Season this Tuesday evening in the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint. Chorale Coeur d’Alene‘s salute to the Heartland of America is titled Spirit Awake!
When I walked in on the dress rehearsal from which I took these pre-concert photos, I knew immediately this was a musical event truly set to bring spiritual hymns, both traditional and contemporary, to the ears and hearts of America at a time when only this kind of heart-centered music can achieve the connection we so need with our God in Heaven.
Directed by Dr. Stan McDaniel, the 68 voice chorale features renown Soprano Soloist, Dr. Amy Porter. The choir is accompanied by keyboardist, David Brewster most recently known for his musical contributions to Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, the Spokane Civic Theater, the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and Lake City Playhouse productions.
How I knew these Songs Were Needed Now
I arrived a little late Saturday afternoon due to traffic in the distance from Sandpoint. This dress rehearsal was conducted at Peace Lutheran Church located on Meyer Road in the Rathdrum Prairie. I tell you, as walked quietly into the sanctuary and took my first seat on the righthand side to observe, the chorale was in the middle of singing Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s powerful rendition of Psalm 42 from the Renaissance, that period when Martin Luther led in the Christian Reformation. It is a soul-touching psalm when carried in the air by so many polymorphic voices and accompanied in perfection by keyboard artist, David Brewster.
When they moved into the more contemporary works of Aaron Copland et alia, the Chorale’s rendition of our traditional American ballad of “Shenandoah” literally brought tears to my cheeks and I knew I was present for a greater reason than publicity. I’m writing now to report the great need in our Idaho Panhandle communities to hear these spirit bound voices in concert at a this time when so many hard, ugly things are dominating our media.
Time and Place
Please, if it’s not too late, catch the event at the Panida Theatre, Tuesday evening, October 17 at 7:00 PM. Tickets at the door. You will not be disappointed. You WILL be filled with song, meaning and the Grace we all need in suffering these difficult times.