It’s hard for me to believe that the first piece I wrote for Emmanuel Music to perform at the Sunday Eucharist at Emmanuel Church, Boston dates from 1994! I am so grateful for my ongoing relationship with this church, which has included my music in their liturgies many times in the years since that first piece. (Check out my work list page for a complete list of my choral music, including the pieces written for Emmanuel.) There will be a new work done at Emmanuel this coming December 21 at 7:30 pm, a Meister Eckhart setting called Journey. The piece sets a text by Jon M. Sweeney and Mark S. Burrows which is a poetic rendering of a text by the German mystic. You can read more about my setting here. The premiere will be at a special service, Blue Christmas on the Longest Night. A recent e-mail from Emmanuel described the service this way:
Recognizing that the Christmas holidays are not a time of cheer for everyone, Emmanuel Church with the clergy and congregation of Church of the Covenant, reaches out to the those who are grieving the death of a loved one or dealing with other kinds of loss. The reflective service offers prayers for healing and quiet meditation. Emmanuel Music will present James Primosch’s Journey on this evening.
Emmanuel is making a tremendous commitment to my music this year in that not only will they premiere this new piece, but they will perform my big Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus, programming individual movements on several Sundays, and then performing the entire piece in lieu of their customary Bach cantata on March 29, 2020. Go to the performances page for details. Here is The Crossing, the group that commissioned my Mass, giving the first performance of the piece: