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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Advent 2018

(For politics, please scroll down)

For this first Sunday in Advent 2018, here is my favorite Advent hymn (from the 5th Century A.D.):


  1. An ancient, especially beautiful chant whose flowing rhythm works very well in the context of more modern worship services.

    I chose the Mozart Requiem to feature at my place to honor the passing of George H. W. Bush, who after all was a fellow human being and a big part of our lives, regardless of thes faults and misguided policies that marred his later career. I chose to honor him, because of his long years of service first in the military where e distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, then as a congressman, then as CIA director, then as vice president, and finally as.a one term president whose presidency failed, because he foolishly discarded Ronald Reagan's splendid legacy in favor of a globalist agenda.

    But now, it's time to focus on the joyful significnce of the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the beautiful selection in celebratin of Advent.

    1. Franco,
      The Mozart Requiem is one of my favorite pieces. I'll pay your blog a visit.

      I've already stated my own negative views about GHWB and will not reiterate them here. I don't eulogize somebody I didn't like in life.

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    1. Duck,

      I was the only "child" member and a founding member of the Choral Arts Society of Washington way back when (details of the founding of the CAS HERE:

      Considered an institution among his choral contemporaries, Norman Scribner was one of Washington’s most versatile and respected musical figures. In 1965, Scribner founded The Choral Arts Society of Washington, an ensemble of more than 170 singers who performed for 47 years under his direction in regular concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other D.C.-area venues. As Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Scribner developed Choral Arts into one of the major symphonic choruses in the United States. During his tenure, he led and prepared the Choral Arts Chorus for numerous performances with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras, television appearances, recordings, and national and international tours).

      The founding conductor Maestro Norman Scribner took a chance on me -- a mere 13 year old at the time I was admitted via audition to the alto section of the choir.

      I was privileged to sing under Maestro Scribner's and Maestro Richard Wayne Dirksen's batons at Constitution Hall and the National Cathedral. There was no Kennedy Center yet.

      As a result of my experience with the CAS, I became a devotee of choral music.

      From 1972-1975, I was also the church organist and choir director at a small church here in Northern Virginia. From 1981-1996, I was the director of the middle school choir at a private school.


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