Note: the recording above combines a children’s choir with an adult choir and a music ensemble.
Does your choir need a composition that will bring energy, inspiration, and hope to your programming?
Te Deum Latinoamericano is a choral composition that combines Latin American styles with art choral and instrumental traditions. This composition is scored for choir, small vocal ensemble, and instruments. It is appropriate as a concert piece; or, a piece during a worship service.
In the spirit of Latin American music, you have flexibility on how to perform this composition:
1- You can perform it with just choir and piano. The vocal ensemble can be selected from the choir. You can add guitar, bass, and percussion to this configuration.
2- As in the recording, you could use a children’s choir as your small children’s ensemble. Or, you could invite professional artists to be your small ensemble.
3- You can also perform this composition with piano, rhythm section & strings. Also, additional instruments up to a full orchestra are available.
On October 15, 2018, Pope Francis canonized Archbishop Oscar Romero as a saint of the Christian faith. I remember the darkness that came to my beloved El Salvador the night that Saint Romero of the Americas was assassinated in 1980. I was still there. So, it was surreal to return in 2018, and find myself leading at all the principal cathedrals of the country with this hymn of thanksgiving for his witness and life. As a sign of grace, our choir and instrumentalists for that event was transported by a bus and personnel from the Armed Forces of El Salvador, the very institution responsible for his death 38 years before. The composition was performed to audiences of over 75,000, and was received with energy and enthusiasm.
Karen Hogue, soprano.
Choir: The Ensemble from First United Methodist, Weatherford
Conducted by the composer.
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