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United Methodist Church choir to perform cycle of spirituals

Steamboat Springs — The United Methodist Church choir will perform a cycle of spirituals titled “Feel the Spirit” as part of services at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. — The United Methodist Church choir will perform a cycle of spirituals titled “Feel the Spirit” as part of services at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

— The United Methodist Church choir will perform a cycle of spirituals titled “Feel the Spirit” as part of services at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Alice Lund, the church’s choir director, said the music is based on African American spirituals and makes its way through standards such as “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” and “Deep River” as it crescendos to a “When the Saints Go Marching In” finale.

The 18-member choir has had the music, written by John Rutter, for about a year and a half, and has performed the songs in services throughout the year.

“We just wanted to do them as a group, and we thought All Saints Sunday was a particularly good time to do it,” Lund said.

The choral music that makes up the seven-song cycle is “light and in the American jazz tradition,” Lund said, and has been scaled down from its original orchestral backing for this performance, which will feature accompaniment by pianist Marie Carmichael and bass violinist Judy Kerry.

Lund hoped the performance would draw interest from the community, which she said is “getting to be more musical all the time.”