By Ashlee Larrison
GCU News Desk
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
That’s exactly what the Music Department at the College of Fine Arts and Production did when the pandemic prevented live performances. Several college choirs, including the Canyon Chorale and Critical Mass, recorded an album to have an avenue for their new music.
Now, for the first time, audiences will have the opportunity to hear this music ahead of the album’s release later this spring. The department will host two concerts, both with the same program, at 7 p.m. Friday at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, and at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley.
The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Titled “Peace: Prayers for a Wounded World,” the album is a compilation of choral works that speak to the college’s faith and ability to hold on to hope in difficult times.
“It was kind of our thought to put this together to offer a little gift of healing, peace, hope and a little reminder that God is in charge and taking care of us,” said Mark Fearey, associate director of choirs and musical director of the faculty. “I describe it as a little healing for your soul and a little meditation time.
“You can just come in, close your eyes and just take it, and I find that very helpful.”
The hope for the concert and album is that audiences will be drawn to the Bible’s inner message in Matthew 11:28:
Come to me all who are weary, and I will give peace…
Contact Ashlee Larrison at (602) 639-8488 Where [email protected].
TOS today: GCU picks up depictions of Handel’s ‘Messiah’
TOS today: Masterworks pays tribute to a beloved faculty member