Group Name Lauren Burns Hodges, viola
Guest Artists Natsumi Shibagaki, piano; Laura Ellis, organ
Album ID - 56919-MCD

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Unified around a central theme of dealing with hard things, disappointment, or grief, and always coming back to faith in Christ, Solace is specifically focused on new sacred music for viola. Featuring underrepresented composers, the project includes works by African American composers Adolphus Hailstork and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and by women composers Amanda Harberg and Amy Beach as well as two new commissions for viola and piano by Denzel Washington and Josh Rodriguez.

This CD provides a variety of works for viola and piano, viola and organ, viola solo, and a series of six of hymns for viola and choir by John Ferguson performed with the University of Florida Concert Choir and Will Kesling, conductor.

1. Sanctum: Rhapsody for viola and piano
2. Invocation, Op. 55
3. Lament *Available only on digital download
4. All in the Waiting
5. Prayer

Divine Exhaltations: Suite for Viola and Piano
6. Mvt I. Divine Vision *Available only on digital download
7. Mvt II. The Divine King
8. Mvt III. Thy Divine Guide

Three Meditations
9. Mvt I. Christmas
10. Mvt II. Lent (Lenten Mourning Tears)
11. Mvt III. Easter *Available only on digital download

12. Were You There?

Christus Series: A Cycle of Hymns for Choir and Viola (LIVE)
13. Hymn to the Spirit
14. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
15. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing
16. Who Is This?
17. Ah, Holy Jesus
18. Rejoice, Rejoice This Happy Morn