Thursday - the moment when what the composer has heard in his head meets what we have brought to life so far.
Shawn began by telling us that what inspired him to write about the war in Iraq was his brother's imminent departure
for a third tour of duty there, and his brother's profound concern about taking lives.
Gabe thought " Yesterday's rehearsal with both Shawn Crouch and Mason Bates was inspiring and nerve-wracking, while truly completing the picture of both pieces for me..." Read Gabe's full post, as well as a message from Shawn, by clicking on Comments, below.