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Scecina students shine in Sacred Music concert


  Scecina music teacher Donnie Glowinski addresses the audience at Our Lady of Lourdes Church during the second annual Sacred Music concert on Oct. 21. 

By Beth Murphy

Scecina’s Advanced Choir and Orchestra performed their second annual Sacred Music concert on Oct. 21 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church to a great and enthusiastic crowd.

“I thought the concert went very well,” said Scecina music teacher Donnie Glowinski, who directs the choir and orchestra. “The students performed challenging music, some of it beyond their skill level, and did a great job making it musical.”

Glowinski said he listens and searches through the summer to find the right music to appeal to the students and fit the “sacred music” category.

This year’s concert featured unique choices such as “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables,” featuring senior Py Khonwai as soloist; “He Lives in You,” from “The Lion King;” and “Baba Yetu,” which written as a video game theme.

“Baba Yetu" is the first song written for a video game (“Civilization IV") to win a Grammy. The lyrics are a Swahili-language translation of The Lord’s Prayer. Scecina’s rendition featured a solo by Scecina guitarist Clay Garner.

Scecina violinist Lauren Gray performed alone for “Remembrance” by John Williams and also was the featured soloist for “Psalm 8 (Adonai, Adonenu)” by Dan Forrest.

The program also included “River Flows in You,” “The Blessing,” “Singabahambayo,” "Where True Joy is Found," “A Prayer for Peace” from the movie “Munich,” and “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss.”

Glowinski conducted the first Sacred Music concert last year at Little Flower Catholic Church with plans to continue in future years by rotating through the East Deanery churches. The date and church for the 2016 concert are still to be determined.

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