Spring 2009 Benefit Concerts:

If you think that there’s an important difference
between a Muslim and a Jew
and a Christian and a Buddhist
and a Hindu and a Shamanist,
then you’re making a division
between your heart
— what you love with —
and your ability to act in the world.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.


This May, InVocation presents our third annual spring concert series, “The Beauty We Love…” In the spirit of Rumi, a 13th-century Muslim mystic poet, we’ll sing music from all of those faith traditions, including:

  • the world premiere of a new work entitled “Invocation,” written for us by Montana composer Tom Keesecker, and based on a traditional Navajo prayer

  • psalm settings by Bobby McFerrin and Carol Barnett

  • a buoyant Hebrew peace prayer arranged by Alice Parker

  • Christian music from Hugo Distler and Francis Poulenc (three of St. Francis’ prayers, set for men’s voices)

  • settings of the poetry of Rumi and Rilke by local composer J. David Moore

  • Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda (Hindu prayers arranged for women’s voices) with harpist Tonya Anderson

  • chants from the Brazilian rainforest, the Buddhist tradition, and a Japanese temple song

Come and see what Rumi meant.

Come and be inspired to go deeper into the beauty that you love.

Come and support the mission of our 2008-09 charity partner,
Second Harvest Heartland.

All concerts are free and open to the public.
A free-will offering will be held at each concert, with proceeds benefiting
Second Harvest Heartland. For more information, visit our “Charity” page.

Concert Dates and Locations

Saturday, May 2 @ 7 pm
St. Joseph Parish Community (“Little Church”)
13015 Rockford Rd
[ map ]

Sunday, May 3 @ 4 pm
Calvary Lutheran Church
3901 Chicago Avenue South
[ map ]

Friday, May 8 @ 7:30 pm
Macalester Plymouth United Church
1658 Lincoln Ave
St. Paul
[ map ]

Saturday, May 9 @ 7 pm
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley
[ map ]

Concert Program

There Are Hundreds of Ways
to Kneel and Kiss the Ground
..... J. David Moore
Jubilate Deo
..... Laszlo Harmos
Psalm 100
I Find You, Lord, in All Things
..... J. David Moore
Rainer Maria Rilke
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
..... Hugo Distler
..... Tom Keesecker
Native American Prayer
Quatre Petite Priéres
de St. François d’Assise
3. Signeur, Je Vous Prie
2. Tout Puissant, Tres Saint
4. O Mes Tres Chers Freres
..... Francis Poulenc
St. Francis of Assisi
Psalm 23
..... Bobby McFerrin
An American Thanksgiving:
Ninety-third Psalm
..... Carol Barnett
Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda
1. Hymn to the Waters
2. Hymn to the Dawn
3. Hymn tof the Travellers
..... Gustav Holst
Rig Veda
Bwana, ni nani atakeyekaa
..... Sukman melody, arr. Graham Hyslop
Psalms 15 & 84
..... Japanese temple song, arr. B. Wayne Bisbee
Song of Peace — V’ chit’ tu
..... Ezra Gabay, arr. Alice Parker
Isaiah 2:4, 11:9
Três Cantos Nativos dos Indios Kraó
..... Krao tribal change, arr. Marcos Leite
Gate Gate
..... Buddhist mantra, arr. Brian Tate


Attendees of our previous concerts have had this to say:

  • “What delightful and fresh music!”

  • Beautiful voices, beautiful sound.

  • “Your harmonies were right on.”

  • Lovely — I liked the focus on beauty & multiculturalism.

  • Thank you so much for the audio treasure! I loved it — what talent!

  • I’ll come again!

Past Concerts

To view information about our Christmas 2008 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Spring 2008 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Christmas 2007 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Spring 2007 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Advent 2006 concerts, click here.

Song Samples

Click any of the links below to hear brief samples of InVocation in performance.

Comfort, Comfort [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... arr. John Ferguson
Conditor alme siderum [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... Tomás Luis de Victoria
What Sweeter Music [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... Mark G. Sirett

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