Music Of Wittenberg Professor To Be Celebrated During Cantor Connection Hymn Festival
Published April 29, 2011
Springfield, Ohio– Wittenberg University Professor of Music Donald Busarow will be the featured composer honored by Cantor Connection during its third annual spring hymn festival. Titled “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart: A celebration of the music and ministry of Donald Busarow” begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio.
Busarow directed the Wittenberg Choir for 30 years until his retirement last spring. Cantor Connection, an all-volunteer local chapter of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, has invited Wittenberg Choir alumni to participate in the festival choir, which will be composed of singers from many area congregations.
In addition to the choir, the hymn festival features an array of keyboardists and instrumentalists from across the state. Conducted by Jonathan Busarow, the combination will offer a broad selection of his father’s most beloved hymn-based settings for congregation, choir and instrumentalists, including “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven” (unpublished original version), “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart,” “Holy God, We Praise Your Name,” “Abide With Me” and “God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven.” Those who attend may participate in a generous amount of singing since the vitality of congregational song has long been one of Busarow’s greatest passions as a servant of the church.
A freewill offering to support the ongoing work of Cantor Connection will be received, with all funds raised put directly back into its activities. Cantor Connection now counts as members and friends more than 80 musicians across the region.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts