Chicago Choral Artists



MAY 3, 4, 11

How Sweet the Sound: American Sacred Music
Wayland Rogers, guest conductor
With one foot in the past and one foot in the present, guest conductor Wayland Rogers' rich and varied program provides a comprehensive look not only at the sacred music borne of the early decades of the nation, but also the work of contemporary composers drawing on the same traditions for inspiration. Featuring music selected from The Sacred Harp, The Southern Harmony, and even oral tradition with the assistance of our conductor, with more current selections from Bobby McFerrin, Stephen Paulus, and Rosephanye Powell, join us as we make our way through American history by way of shape-note hymns, African-American spirituals, and Shaker songs — and as we explore these echoes of the past in modern sacred writing.


The Great Awakening

Wayfaring Stranger Shape Note hymn from The Sacred Harp
How Firm a Foundation          arr. by Wayland Rogers (1941-      )
Wayfaring Stranger arr. by Alice Parker (1925-        )

African-American Spirituals

Been Down Into the Sea          arr. by Wayland Rogers
Balm in Gilead       arr. by William Dawson (1886-1970)
Ain’a That Good News arr. by William Dawson

Shaker Songs

Gentle Words Sister Polly M. Rupe, arr. by Wayland Rogers
Shaker Round Dance*  arr. by Wayland Rogers
Not One Sparrow Is Forgotten arr. by William Hawley (1950-      )

Contemporary Settings

Three Motets                            Wayland Rogers
  • Rise, Rise, My Soul*
  • O Source of Peace*
  • Rejoice and Be Joyful
Psalm 23        Bobby McFerrin (1950-      )
The Word Was God Rosephanye Powell (1962-       )
Pilgrim's Hymn Stephen Paulus (1949-        )

*World Premiere

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With your help we did it! $4000 for our 2013-2014 season!

CCA is very pleased to announce that – due to the generosity of friends, family, singers, board members, and people just like you – we surpassed our goal of $3,600 in our Kickstarter campaign and actually raised $4,000!

We are thrilled that we can now hire instrumentalists for our upcoming concerts, performing these wonderful pieces – by Schütz, Monteverdi, Whitacre, Brahms, Thompson, Bach and Rogers – as they were intended.
Our 38th season will be exceptional for many reasons, not least of which is the kindness and liberality of you, our friends, supporters, and members of the greater CCA family. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your contribution to our future as we continue to offer our audiences truly beautiful music.