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Awake! Awake! Let Music Live.

Awake, my soul and sing! The time for praise has come.

The silence of the night has passed, a new day has come.

Let music never die in me! Forever let my spirit sing!

Wherever emptiness is found, let there be joy and glorious sound.

Let all our voices join as one to praise the Giver of the song.

Awake! Awake! Let music live!

Dear Liberty Community Chorus Family,

Thank you for taking time to read this message at a time in our lives that is so emotional and important. With the COVID19 virus still in our world, we just cannot be together yet to do that which we love to do…sing and see one another! The words above are taken from a favorite song we have sung called, “The Awakening” by Joseph Martin. It captures a glimpse of our desire to be together and make music.

Not only has our performance world been put on hold by the COVID19 virus and social distancing, but we are saddened by the recent tragic murder of George Floyd – an event that has sparked much racial tension in our society and around the world. As singers, our music allows us to be anchored when times are difficult. Music is that calming balm when words alone seem empty. In these unique times in our lives, I pledge to be a great listener, learner, and programmer of music that can help our singers and audience become moved from our isolation and moved for change and peace.

I have asked the singers of the Liberty Community Chorus to help me create a playlist of choral music that offers them comfort, happiness, hope and calm. Through our website and Facebook page, we will post the playlist in the next few days and weeks. Meanwhile, I am including a link to a performance of “The Awakening” by the Ball State University Concert Choir - https://youtu.be/jdX3kbARmR8.

The LCC board and I want you to know that we are listening for a way to be a light for our singers and our audience. We will sing together in time – I’m not sure when that will be, but I assure you that we are doing all we can do to educate ourselves about when we can safely sing together again. When will we gather with an audience again? Time will tell, and we will be cautious and patient about bringing us all back together. Meanwhile, let each of us be a light for those we meet, let music continue to keep us grounded, and may you find peace and hope in this poignant time in our lives.

Awake! Awake! Let music live!

Bryan Taylor

LCC Artistic Director

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