Wednesday, September 11, 2002

A September 11th Offering

My friend and colleague, Louis Canter, composed a six-movement Gloria last year. It was still in progress in September. The fourth movement, "We Worship You", came to him shortly after the horrific events of September 11, 2001. In a December concert, Louis described his vision as (paraphrased) "...the victims of the attacks silently joining the ranks of the heavenly choir, just in time to sing this."

Here's what they sang...

When we remember that the Mass is a foretaste of heaven, and that we all aspire to be part of that choir someday, it may have been quite an accurate call on Louis' part. This movement is hauntingly beautiful, and should only take a couple of minutes out of your day. God bless you all.

BTW, the rest of the Gloria, and information about the Lapeer County Concert Choir, which Louis directs, can be found here.

Louis Canter is Director of Music at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Imlay City MI, as well as adjunct professor of music at Madonna University in Livonia MI, music teacher at Capac High School in Capac MI, and a long-time member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). He has also written a full mass, "Mass of the Innocents".

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