Music Down in My Soul features heartfelt, joyful selections to inspire hopefulness, strength in action and togetherness for both the audience and singers. Focusing on music with lyrics including We keep our dreams alive, together we survive, the program brims with positive spirit and inspirational messages of hope. This soulful mix of spirituals, gospel, and contemporary choral music spans 300 years of courage and resistance from the Americas, Yemen, China, Tanzania, and South Africa, sung in Mandarin, Spanish, Hebrew, Swahili and Zulu. These are songs of praise bursting with joyful energy, dynamic contrasts, captivating solos, exciting percussion, and a wide range of layered vocal textures.
Listeners will delight in multicultural favorites including Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, “I Sing Because I’m Happy” (His Eye is on the Sparrow) adapted by Rollo Dilworth, “Hold On!” by Moses Hogan, and lesser known, uplifting inspirations including “Soon Love, Soon” by Vienna Teng and “The Storm Is Passing Over” by Charles Albert Tindley. Concert highlights include the world premiere of George Emlen and Paul Stookey’s new arrangement of the classic “American the Beautiful” and the reprise performance of the Halalisa 20th anniversary commission “We Sing” by Brian Tate.