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Premiere of Barbara Harbach’s Ojibwa Prayer on December 2 at Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bel-Nor, Missouri

November 28, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net

The World Premiere of Barbara Harbach’s Ojibwa Prayer for SATB choir, flute and piano will be performed on Sunday, December 2 at 9:00 AM by the Unity Lutheran Choir with flutist Rachel Helz, under the direction of the composer, who will also be at the piano. The Premiere will be part of the regular weekly worship service of Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8454 Glen Echo Drive in Bel-Nor, Missouri.

The composer writes about this piece, "Author unknown, the language of the Ojibwa Prayer is also known as Chippewa, Saulteaux, Southern Ojibway, and Mississippi Ojibwa. The prayer was taken from Bishop Frederick Baraga’s Catechism written in the middle 1800's.”

“Commissioned by and dedicated to Unity Lutheran Church, my setting, for SATB, flute and piano, portrays in music the wind of the Great Spirit, the weakness of the many children, the beauty of the sunsets and the many things that the Spirit has made. The prayer asks for wisdom from the lessons that come from earthly beauty, so when life fades, we come to you.”

The December 2 program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-382-4241 or visit http://www.unitybelnor-elca.org/.

Barbara Harbach has toured extensively as both concert organist and harpsichordist. As a composer, she has a large catalog of works, including symphonies, works for chamber ensemble, string orchestra, organ, harpsichord, musicals, choral anthems, film scores, modern ballets, and many arrangements for brass and organ of various Baroque works. Her works are available on MSR Classics, Naxos, Crystal, Gasparo, Kingdom, Albany and Northeastern Records, and are published by Hester Park, Robert King, Elkan-Vogel, Augsburg Publishing, Agape Music and Vivace Press. Her website is at http://www.barbaraharbach.com/.

For press inquiries, photos or more information about Barbara Harbach, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.

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