By Jeanne Fisher, Executive Producer of With Heart and Voice
English novelist and philosopher Aldous Huxley once said, “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Sacred music is humanity’s ultimate effort to express what we cannot ever fully comprehend – the beauty, the holiness, the majesty, and the love of God.
This music is an experience with no physical or emotional boundaries. It arouses wonder and faith, it helps us through the struggles we face, and sometimes it can bring moments of pure joy into our lives. Sacred choral and organ music reaches deep into our souls and connects directly with our most profound sensations. It gives us an internal glimpse of other cultures and earlier times, and it provides us with a sense of history and of faith.
Our weekly program, With Heart and Voice, focuses on this unique body of work. This music is listened to, sung, played, and loved on every continent, in almost every country on earth. It is an art that is marked by both great traditions and great changes. From the Birth of the Church to Gregorian chant, to Reformation and Revolution, to the 21st Century Church, sacred music has told the story of God’s people through the centuries.
With Heart and Voice is hosted by Peter DuBois, Director of Music/Organist at Third Church in Rochester, NY. In addition Peter is the Director of the Sacred Music Diploma Program at the Eastman School of Music. He brings over thirty years’ experience as a practicing church musician, choral conductor and concert organist to the program.
The music we play on With Heart and Voice spans centuries, continents, cultures, and communities. It gives us insight into the way people of earlier times understood and expressed the inexpressible. Sacred music teaches us about how Haydn and Beethoven felt about God and creation… about the deep faith of Bach and Duruflé… and the joie de vivre of Gabriel Fauré and Gerre Hancock.
Many people tell us that listening With Heart and Voice on their local public radio station is how they prepare for worship, or how they begin their week. Others seek out the program online if their station does not carry it. Thousands of Facebook friends and Twitter followers inquire about particular anthems and hymns every week. Hundreds of choirs sing music that they have first discovered on With Heart and Voice.
This shared experience of beauty, joy and serenity builds connections through the sacred choral and organ music we offer on With Heart and Voice. We firmly believe that it is truly is an inspired way to make our world a better place to live.
Thank you for listening!
NOTE: Conference attendees can hear With Heart and Voice on KUHA 91.7 FM, Sunday, June 19 at 7:00 a.m.