Today’s cultural moment

January 12, 2023

Softly falls the morning snow,
Whispers to the sleeping world below:
“Wintertide awakes.”
Dawning breaks and sets the earth aglow.

In gentle tones of warmest white,
Proclaim the glory of Aurora’s light.
Sparrow sings in a clear, clean voice,
A sweet, silver carol for the season born.
Radiant wings as the skies rejoice,
Arise and illuminate the morn.

Softly falls the morning snow,
Whispers to the sleeping world below:

Sunday musical offering

October 3, 2021

Sunday musical offering

August 23, 2020

Sunday musical offering

January 19, 2020

Oh, hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us
At rest in the hollows that rustle between. 

Where billow meets billow, there soft be thy pillow;
Ah, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas. 

–Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Sunday musical offering

October 6, 2019

Musical offering for the ninth day of Christmas

January 2, 2018

In honor of the birthday of American composer Eric Whitacre, here is “Lux Aurumque,” sung by the National Taiwan University Chorus.

Lux, calida gravisque pura velut aurum,
et canunt angeli molliter modo natum.
Light, warm and heavy as pure gold,
and the angels sing softly to the newborn babe.

Happy birthday, Eric

January 2, 2015

Born in Reno, Nevada on January 2, 1970, Eric Whitacre always knew that music would be his life. As a youngster his goal was to be a rock star, but all that changed when he started college at the University of Nevada and was persuaded to join the college choir, as he explains in the video below. After earning his bachelor’s degree in music education, Eric studied composition at Julliard, where he received his master’s degree. He went on to become a professional composer and conductor, as well as the originator of the Virtual Choir. The source of the inspiration for this is one of the topics he covers in this delightful presentation, recorded in 2011:

Here are links to the first four Virtual Choir videos:

“Lux Aurumque”


“Water Night”

“Fly to Paradise”

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