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Go Out! (Concert-Length Work)

"Rehnberg Memorial Window"
used courtesy of Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, IL

A poetic and fiesty tribute to Liberal Religion and Freedom of Thought
Poet/Lyricist: 
Centuries of Strong-Minded People

If you think religious history has to be dry and dusty, think again!  This concert-length work in words and song recasts the prophetic words of poets, preachers, reformers and sages as art songs, ballads, blues and spirited choral pieces.  Inspired by a host of historic free thinkers, from the pensive and poetic, to the fierce and feisty, these lively and diverse offerings trace the path of liberal religion from 16th-century Germany to our present day's rich spiritual heritage.

Highlights include a defiant protest song from the German Peasant Wars, an exuberant Transylvanian declaration of religious tolerance, a soulful gospel elaboration of a (misattributed) Martin Luther quote, an intimate portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson's beneficent "Oversoul", and a sweet-and-tough blues riff on the Buddhist concept of suffering.  The title song, Go Out! gives a rousing treatment to 18th century American minister John Murray's famous exhortation: "Give them not hell, but hope!"

Musical Selections:
Die Gedanken Sind Frei
Jó!
Go Out!
The Eternal One
Be Grateful, My Soul
The Gospel Isn't Written in the Bible Alone
No one gets a Program
A Love Like That
One More Redeemer*
I'll Tell You a Story, then...*
Cherish Your Doubt

(* = optional selection)

Some concert presenters will have plenty of soloists and small ensembles on hand, while others will be looking for a chance to showcase their choral forces.  With that in mind, there’s a great deal of flexibility built into this work.

In most cases, the songs are available in low, medium and high voicings.  Several songs may be performed by either a choir or small ensemble.  While considering how best to perform this complete work using the forces at hand, freedom of thought is encouraged!

Duration may vary.  Concert presenters should allow for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.  All music used in performances of Go Out! must be legally purchased as individual titles.  The cost of music will vary according to the size of performing forces and use of optional selections.

ORDER MUSIC DIRECTLY FROM SEAFARER PRESS:
Look Listen Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Item Price Quantity
Flexible Voicing - Performance Guide
(Click on PDF icon to download parts)
60'00" SEA-115-00 $0.00
Free PDF
Reviews and Responses: 

"It was a HOMERUN!"  Dave Blazer, Director of Music, West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (Rocky River, OH)

Performers: 

National Conference of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network ~ Elizabeth Alexander, Music Director (Madison, WI)  * Premiere
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church ~ Dave Blazer, Music Director (Rocky River, OH)

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