Te Deum launches its 12th season on October 19th and 20th with “Be a Blessing,” a celebration of the universal call to goodness in inspiring song.
In “Be a Blessing”, Te Deum pairs a Beatitude with a non-biblical text that illuminates the humanistic values of the scripture, inspiring listeners to be generous and caring citizens, regardless of faith background.
The primary work upon which the concert is set is contemporary British composer Patrick Hawes’ Beatitudes, written for choir and piano. Interpolated between these movements are a wide range of composers, including Melissa Dunphy, Kurt Knecht, Shawn Kirchner, James MacMillan, Jake Runestad, and Rosephanye Powell.
Kansas City Star arts critic Patrick Neas featured “Be a Blessing” in the paper’s October 13th edition:
Te Deum, the top notch choir conducted by Matthew Christopher Shepard, will present “Be a Blessing” on Oct. 19 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral and Oct. 20 at Village Presbyterian Church.
Te Deum will be accompanied by pianist Sora Park. Shepard says that his group almost never performs with piano, but that he intentionally chose pieces that “show off the piano and all of its different colors in virtuosic ways.
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