Let Me Fly
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Another wonderful recording in the Counterpoint series: this one features spirituals.

Directed by the renowned Robert De Cormier, the professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint debuted in 2000. Dedicated to promoting choral chamber music and giving the public the opportunity to hear rarely performed works and unique arrangements, their concerts and recordings have a devoted following. In addition to this new CD, they can be heard on Albany TROY676, 746, 801 and 823. De Cormier writes, " I have been involved in African-American music, in one way or another, for almost 60 years. In 1948 I became the music director at Camp Unity, an interracial holiday camp, whose clientele were just about half black, one-half white. Every Sunday a chorus would be recruited from the new campers and rehearsals would begin on Monday. On Friday or Saturday night we would perform together as part of the weekend program. Almost every concert included some African-American music...in 1963 the De Cormier Singers, a professional vocal ensemble, made its debut in New York City. For the next 25 years we toured the United States and Canada. We were always an interracial group and the concert programs almost always included African-American material. Many of the songs on this new CD were originally arranged for them.
Contents:
Robert DeCormier, arr.
Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
Walk Together Children
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
By n' by
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
Aint' a That Good News
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
Obey the spirit of the Lord
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
John Henry
Counterpoint

Milton Okun, composer
Rocks and Gravel
Counterpoint

Milton Okun, composer
Dink's Blues
Counterpoint

Milton Okun, composer
Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
Counterpoint

Milton Okun, composer
Another Man Done gone
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
My Lord Whata Mornin'
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
Amen
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
Let Me Fly
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
Hold On
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
Ride On, King Jesus
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, arr.
Hear the Lambs a Cryin'
Counterpoint

Robert DeCormier, composer
They Called Her Moses
Counterpoint, Jonita Lattimore, soprano, Louise DeCormier, narrator

Review:
"De Cormier's arrangements of spirituals are very rich....warm and beautifully sung, acheiving real tenderness. ...The spirit of these performances is just amazing." (The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus)
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