Last Sunday afternoon at Christ Presbyterian Church, The Cornerstone Chorale &
Brass under the direction of Bruce Vantine from St. Louis, offered a program of
readings and music called Beside the Still Waters.
Vantine recruits the professional singers and instrumentalists by audition from
around the country and writes and produces the 90-minute program that talks
about Judeo-Christian principles of living through the medium of words and
music. The Metro-Toledo Churches United sponsored the visit. The idea is
intriguing, a sort of traveling Festival of Lessons and Carols without the
Christmas focus and incorporating readings from poets, authors, philosophers,
modern politicians, and of course, scripture.
The musical selections were varied and arresting, and the 24-voice choir was
immaculately chosen for clarity of individual voices and a good blend. They
sang in tune and with conviction. The use of brass, percussion and flute for
dramatic accent was great.