Te Deum concert

The Heart Cries Out

September 18 and 19, 2021

As our community, country, and world has been shaken to the core by a world-wide pandemic, all people have found themselves crying out. There have been cries of pain for the loss of a loved-one, cries of loneliness and hurt from isolation, cries for basic needs to be met from the loss of income, and cries of gratefulness for help from a friend. The Heart Cries Out will put music and poetry to these cries, featuring Bach’s Komm, Jesu, Komm, as the centerpiece, and a new commission from our composer-in-residence, James Eakin III, with a commissioned text by Charles Anthony Silvestri.

Saturday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral (map)

Sunday, September 19, 3:00 p.m.
Village Presbyterian Church (map)

Join us for a Post-Concert Reception

To celebrate the return of in-person concerts and the start of Te Deum’s 14th season, we invite you to join us for a complimentary reception immediately following the first performance of The Heart Cries Out. On Saturday, September 18th, patrons will enjoy a glass of wine and signature cocktail in the Founders’ Hall at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Season Tickets |
$60 (save 40% off General Admission price)
Advanced Tickets (purchased at link below) | $20
Senior | $20
General Admission Onsite | $25
Students | Free with ID

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Featured Musicians

James Eakin III
Eakin is one of the busiest and most sought-after composers in America today. His music catalog is prolific and spans genres from Concert Hall to Pop/Rock. He has composed works for Maya Angelou’s 80th Birthday celebration, the President’s Christmas Gala at the White House, and the Aspen Music Festival to name a few. James’ hour-long “Flowers over the Graves of War” for Chorus, Soloists, and Orchestra premiered to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall and most recently, his “#twitterlieder: 15 tweets in 3 acts,” premiered by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus at Davies Symphony Hall, has taken the choral world by storm.
Charles Anthony Silvestri
Poet, author, composer, and speaker Charles Anthony Silvestri has worked with other artists from all over the world to create texts tailor-made for their commissions and specific artistic needs. He enjoys the challenge of solving these creative problems and has provided custom choral texts, opera libretti, program notes and other writing for composers including Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Kim Arnesen, and Dan Forrest, and for ensembles ranging from high schools to the Houston Grand Opera, from the King’s Singers to the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, from Westminster Choir College to Westminster Abbey. ​ As a clinician, Silvestri speaks to choirs, classes, and concert audiences about his works, the creative process, the marriage of words and music, and about his collaborative relationships with composers. He is the author of three books, including A Silver Thread (GIA 2019), a retrospective of almost 20 years of his lyric poetry. He teaches Ancient and Medieval History at Washburn University and lives in Lawrence, KS.