The Countertenor’s Magnificat

Christopher Holman, Countertenor

strong>” A Blessing for Both”

He sings with flutes about the homeless poor
invited to the table of the rich
by God, by God! They eat their fill and more,
and not like dogs that lift their jaws and catch
the scraps, but guests with vintage wine
to match each course made by the Chef.
He sings
about the rich evicted from their fine
designer homes by God, by God! With rings
that flash and fancy shirts, they leave
their table before food is served! Instead
of feasting, they are empty and will have
no need for trainers, purging, before bed…

(Tonight, Sunday, December 15, 2013 A. D.,
at Holy Cross Catholic Church
In Champaign, Illinois, this ironic aria
will be sung as part of J. S. Bach’s
” Magnificat”– Mary’s song. Directed
by Chester Alwes.)

– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, December 14, 2013

Christopher Holman, Countertenor

Christopher Holman, Countertenor

Editor’s Note: Christopher Holman is an American organist, countertenor, and choral conductor, currently residing and studying in Urbana-Champaign at the University of Illinois, whose primary interests lie in the realm of historically-informed performance.

About Gordon C. Stewart

Writer and radio commentator published by Minnesota Public Radio and "All things Considered," Star Tribune,, Presbyterian Outlook, Sojourners' Blog with Jim Wallis and Friends, Chaska Herald. Host of Views from the Edge. Retired Pastor of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN. Co-founder Former Executive Director, Legal Rights Center, Inc. (Minneapolis public defense corporation). Eat, drink and sleep theology and the news. Walking the trails of Jonathan Association in Chaska with Kay and our friend Barclay, the soccer playing Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who loves to please.
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