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Sylvia McNair: Precious Resource

Tonight, I attended a spectacular concert in Atlanta at Peachtree Presbyterian Church presented by Sylvia McNair. My words cannot fully express my feelings about the event, but this is the best I can do.

Songs for sacred spaces was the program but it was so much more. Opening with a stunning acappella presentation for "How can I keep from singing" by Robert Lowry , the program led seamlessly into an adapted version of Copland's "The promise of living" set to a text and title Zion's Walls. The singing and presentation was elegant, refined and silvery but it maintained an honesty that would make Copland and Robert Shaw proud. These pieces led into a tribute to Robert Shaw including both At the River and O God our help in ages past. Ms. McNair's voice was beautiful but it was the transparency with which she shared her soul that inspired me. Her connection to Robert Shaw is well known and her love shown through her music. As a listener, I smiled, and I am su…