Requiem

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On April 3, I attended the Home Con­cert (con­cert given imme­di­ately upon return from tour) of the Oak Grove Lutheran High School Con­cert Choir. One of the most mov­ing pieces they did was called “Requiem,” by a young Amer­i­can song­writer named Eliza Gilkyson. The arrange­ment was by Craig Hella John­son. It was writ­ten in response to the South­east Asia tsunami of 2004, was per­formed also in response to Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina in 2005, and in the con­cert I attended was per­formed as a trib­ute to all affected by and lost in the earth­quake and tsunami in Japan this past March.

The video here is not the choir I heard; this is the National Lutheran Choir. But the song is gor­geous no mat­ter who sings it — believe me, I’ve lis­tened to it at least four times in a row by dif­fer­ent per­form­ers this evening! Take a lis­ten:

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