Part of "Keepsake" presented to musicians
by Darrell Swarens
April 23, 1997

The Promised Land.
To the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness the promised land was the
Land of Milk and Honey.
To the civil rights movement of the 60ís the promised land was the
Land of Dignity and Social Justice.
To us in the chorus the promised land is the
Land of Melody and Harmony (Sweet Harmony).

To get to the promised land you must climb to the mountian top.
Moses climbed to the mountain top to look out over the Land of Milk and Honey but he was not allowed to enter.
In 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told the striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee:

We in the chorus have been to the mountain top many times. We have entered the Land of Melody and Harmony (Sweet Harmony). I can describe exactly when this happens. In Handelís "Messiah" we reach the mountain top in measure 57 of number 44, the Hallelujah Chorus (that is when the chorus has just sung "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" for the first time and the trumpet descends with a five note run [ta, ta, ta, ta, ta] ). In Beethovenís 9th Symphony we reach the mountain top in measure 542 of the 4th movement (that magic measure right before all creation sings the "Ode to Joy" in full voice). In Seven Ghosts by Libby Larsen it happens in the fourth syllable of measure one when we first sing the Wheatly chord ("Celestial Choir enthroned in realms of light"). We reach the mountain top in any measure written by Johann Sebastian Bach.

To get to the mountain top and enter the promised land the
Land of Melody and Harmony (Sweet Harmony)
you need a leader.
We are fortunate to have a leader who is a Maestro.
Maestro.
The word means "Master of his Art".
The word means leader.
In its purest form the word means teacher.

Tonight we will climb to the mountain top.
Tonight we will let our voices ring.
We will enter the promised land the
Land of Melody and Harmony (Sweet Harmony)
with the leadership of our
Maestro
our

Teacher

Dr. Richard Zielinski.