CD109 Inscription of Hope
Inscription of Hope
Inscription of Hope brings together a concert of songs and simple, eloquent texts that celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit against great adversity. The essence of this theme is expressed in the first song, the words of which were taken from a cellar wall in Germany where Jews were hiding from the Nazis:
I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
The songs celebrate not only hope against all odds, but also reinforce the Old Testament assurance that "Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." Thus children imprisoned in the Terezin ghetto during World War II could still experience the beauty of nature: "The dandelions call to me...Go to the woods someday. Then you'll know how wonderful it is to be alive." The texts of Bashana haba'Ah, Hava Nagila and Sure on This Shining Night celebrate confidence in the years to come, healing and health, and the ecstacy of being part of this Earth.
The passionate struggles for freedom are embodied in songs whose words are taken from the struggle for equality and civil rights. The theme of hope emerges vibrantly from the inspirational words of Martin Luther King woven throughout the gospel hymn Precious Lord, Take My Hand and from the music that rose out of slavery in America and apartheid in South Africa.
The faith, conviction and steadfastness we honor in The Inscription of Hope shines through our love, our tears and our voices.
--Rebecca J. Rottsolk, Director
Z. Randall Stroope - Inscription of Hope
Pablo Casals - Nigra Sum
Gerald Cohen - Adonai To'i
Charles Davidson - The Butterfly
Charles Davidson - On a Sunny Evening
Charles Davidson - Birdsong
arr. Valerie Shields - Bashana Haba'Ah
arr. Valerie Shields - Hava Nigila
Samuel Barber/Rottsolk - Sure on This Shining Night
G.N. Allen/Ringwald - Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Oscar Peterson/Hovi - Hymn to Freedom
arr. Stephen Hatfield - African Celebration
Walter Hawkins/Sirvatka - I'm Going Up A Yonder
Peter Yarrow - Light One Candle
Sure on This Shining Night by Samuel Barber, arr. for Treble Chorus & Piano by Rebecca Rottsolk.