One of the most special moments during the concert was hearing The Awakening being played again. This piece is especially meaningful to me as it was the first song I ever wrote on paper now almost six years ago. Tenor James Phillipps, who had originally recorded the piece with the orchestra, came back six years later to perform the piece during the concert.
This song still remains one of my most famous pieces as it really was the piece that helped me decide that I could actually be a composer (I was going to be a kindergarten teacher!) James did a fabulous job with the solo and the song really took on a life of its own!
Here’s the original recording from six years ago.
I’m still amazed at what an amazing journey this has been and thankful for everyone who has taken part in making it all possible.
Wow, what a whirlwind of a week! God has been so faithful in helping my family and me through two major concerts!
When counting all of the people who attended between the two concerts and the live stream, we believe that there were about 1,000 people who came and heard the music. Since that time, I have received overwhelming responses about The Light Princess and the rest of the music and I wanted to share it with you.
I can tell a lot of work went into this concert. It’s inspiring to see how much creativity can come from one mind and to hear of what inspired her. Wonderful concert, 5 stars! – Matt
Praise the Lord for all your talents and hard work! Your music was enchanting and fit so perfectly with the wonderful story of The Light Princess. It was a blessing! – Paige
I love every single minute! – Delphine
[The] music was AMAZING! I could listen to The Light Princess every day! Praying God continues to use your music to touch hearts. – Rebecca
Thank you so very much to all who came and participated! This was truly an amazing experience and I so appreciate you!
This here be the opening number for the Tunes, Tales, and Truths concert last week. It’s called Pirate Legends performed by our own Symphony Praise Orchestra.
I’m hoping to get some better quality audio and video to share in the future, but for now I wanted to give you a glimpse of the musical style and audience response at the concert. Enjoy!
One of the reasons these two concerts were possible was because of the tireless efforts of Jeff Boltinghouse – a member of the orchestra and one of my mentors in music.
A few months ago, I realized that I was quickly running out of time and would not be able to finish writing, typesetting, printing, and laying out all of the parts for the orchestra in time for them to practice. Jeff stepped up and volunteered countless hours to typsetting (creating parts and scores for each musicion) over half of the pieces in the concert. He even helped with some re-orchestrating on The Awakening and Jesus Loves Me and did a remarkable job keeping it exactly how I would have done it.
I am so thankful to have been surrounded by such amazing people as Jeff, Lisa, Taylor, and others who have given up countless hours to invest in me and my music. I cannot begin to thank them for what they have done!
Fun fact: Many people have approached me recently about how much they enjoyed the song that the prince sings during The Light Princess. But did you know that the lyrics of that song were actually written by George MacDonald?
In his book The Light Princess, author George MacDonald wrote out the lyrics for the song he wanted the prince to sing. In order to preserve the story as much as possible, I took his lyrics and set them to music. For the world premiere, this was performed by soloist Richard Dinsmoor and the tune became the main theme of The Light Princess.
Here are a few more pictures from the concert. Enjoy!
By the way, if you missed seeing The Light Princess or would like to see it again, please come to my senior recital at The Master’s College Music Department this Friday at 6:00pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!
I cannot begin to thank my orchestra family enough for the countless hours and rehearsals they poured into making this concert a success. It was such an amazing treat to be able to write for people I knew and hear them add an exra bit into their parts to make it come to life!
Most especially, I really want to thank my conductor Lisa Hernacki for the tireless hours she put in – from conception of the concert to realization. What many of you may not know is that she was one of the key players in setting me on the path to composition. She was the first person to tell me I should consider being a composer and one of the first people to take my writing seriously.
Lisa, thank you for being so influential in my life and for all that you have poured into me!
Last night was truly a magical evening as I was able to see a concert that was four years in the making become a reality!
I have a favor to ask of those who came to the concert: As you can imagine, these tunes have been in my head for four years and we have been rehearsing them for months, so I have no idea what it was like for someone to experience the music for the first time.
I would love to hear from you regarding what your impression was of the concert and your experience! Please share your comments below or feel free to email me.
Several people have approached me recently wondering what the difference is between the two concerts (February 27 and March 6). I wanted to help clear that up so that you can decide which concert you would like to go to.
Tunes, Tales, and Truths! is a concert that is geared toward people of all ages and will be featuring the live Grace Baptist orchestra (a 60 piece ensemble) as well as a choir. Some of the pieces you will here there are:
Some of the pieces you will hear at this concert are:
Hope this helps and I can’t wait to see you there!