Our new program on a sacred and spiritual theme needed to be ready for the Macao International Festival, where we will perform twice a few weeks from now.  Usually the all sacred program doesn't come up for us for a few months after the season begins, or even after Christmas.  This year it needed to be ready to go at the top of the season, so - having dress rehearsed Over the Moon yesterday, we ran Washing of the Water today.  The are rivers running all the way through it, and the deep and consoling imagery of water is found  in beautiful music by Tompkins, Palestrina, Victoria, Byars and others.  We've comissioned arrangements from  Vince Peterson of Suzanne and Allelujah by Leonard Cohen, How I got over/Bridge over troubled waters from our own Brian Hinman.  Fred has arranged Shall we gather at the River, and Moses Hogan and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu are represented by gospel arrangements.  It's a powerful and interesting program, we hope, going from religious expressions of the 16th century up to expressions of contemporary spirituality. We'll bring it back to the Bay Area to end our 15-16 season next June.  Now we're leaving our rehearsal room, and going on the road!

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