When I learned of Susan Klingler’s cancer diagnosis, I asked her to select a favorite poem for me to set in her honor. She chose “i thank You, God” by e.e. cummings. I finished the piece in a weekend, and we quickly gathered an ensemble of 50 singers and instrumentalists (most from our community) to rehearse and record the piece so that Susan could listen to it during her final months. We dubbed ourselves the “Blue True Dream Team” in reference to a phrase from the poem. Susan attended the recording session with her family. It was a beautiful outpouring of love and support and a memory I will always treasure. Click on small photos below, including the Facebook post, to enlarge and see them more clearly.
Bella Voce women’s choir of Northwest Nazarene University premieres “i thank You, God” in Nampa, Idaho with Judy Marlett, mezzo-soprano soloist.