Spring Concert – We Shall Have a Song – May 18 & 19, 2019

We Shall Have a Song

Music to heal a divided world

In a world of seemingly deep divisions, the Community Renewal Chorus(CRC) uses music to imagine a world of togetherness and common ground in We Shall Have aSong: Music to heal a divided world on May 18 & 19. 

With words from the book of Isaiah in Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom to Where Have All the Flowers Gone? by Pete Seeger, What the World Needs Now is Love from Burt Bacharach to A New Commandment by Thomas Tallis, and styles from polyphony and classical to rock and gospel, CRC explores love and peace, the dangers of war and violence, and the promise of living and working together. 

Additional selections will include Kyrie andGloria from the Gospel Mass by Robert Ray, John Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth, Aaron Copland’s The Promise of LivingDown by the Riverside arranged by Lon Beery and Pamela Perec Lee and arrangements from Rollo Dilworth to Ben E. King and MarkWilberg. Don’t miss this concert!

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Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 7:30PM
St. Alphonsus Church
1429 W. Wellington Avenue
Chicago IL 60657

Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 3:00PM
Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church
405 S. Euclid Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

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Brian Bloye, Director

BrianBloyeBrian Bloye is a pianist, organist, choral conductor, tenor, and composer.  As a pianist, he is an active accompanist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Recent performances as a soloist include concertos by Hans Krasa, J.C. Bach, and Mozart with the Chicago Arts Orchestra. He has accompanied Chicago Choral Artists and the William Ferris Chorale in concert, being recognized by the Chicago Tribune for his accompaniment of the Chorale. As an organist, he has performed recitals in France, Germany, and throughout Chicagoland.

During his tenure as the music director at St. Alphonsus church, he has developed a choral program with a reputation for liturgical excellence, particularly in polyphonic music of the Renaissance. As a composer, he has set all of the psalms in the lectionary cycle in a variety of styles, and has composed a Mass that is currently in use at the parish. His arrangement of Amazing Grace can be heard on tenor Branden James’s CD The Voice of Christmas, which was released this past December. He was the session pianist, organist, and choral conductor for that CD as well. Excerpts from the disc were recently played on WFMT.

As a tenor, he has sung with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Bella Voce, and Richard Proulx’s Cathedral Singers. Brian graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan’s School of Music and received the master of music degree cum laude from DePaul University.