Gavert Dedication

April 2nd, 2013

From Dr. Whitmire to Bill Gavert: Dear Bill- It is almost time for Ray’s service. I have a class this morning and am sad that I cannot be there. I just want you to know that I am thinking about Ray at this time. I wish peace for your and your family. I hope that you are celebrating a life well lived.  At our concert next month we will dedicate a song – The Pilgrim’s Chorus – to Ray. I have included the words below.
Ray always had a smile and I know he would want you all to have one now.
Sincerely, Mark

Opera Choruses Celebrating the 200th Birthday of Richard Wagner Giuseppe Verdi

Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin)                                                       Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Pilgrim’s Chorus (Tannhäuser)                                                                                  Wagner

In memory of Raymond Gavert, tenor

September 27, 1932 — March 25, 2013

Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco)                                 Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Anvil Chorus (Il trovatore)                                                                                            Verdi

NOVA Community Chorus

Dr. Mark Whitmire, Director

Christine Hagan, accompanist

Triumphal Scene (Aida)                                                                                                 Verdi

Combined Band and Chorus

Pilgrim’s Chorus

Once more with joy O my home I may meet
Once more ye fair, flowr’y meadows I greet
My Pilgrim’s staff henceforth may rest
Since Heaven’s sweet peace is within my breast.

The sinner’s ‘plaint on high was heard
On high was heard and answered by the Lord
The tears I laid before His shrine
Are turned to hope and joy divine.

O Lord eternal praise be Thine!

The blessed source of Thy mercy overflowing
On souls repetant seek Ye, all-knowing
Of hell and death, I have no fear
For thou my Lord are ever near

Alleluia! For evermore

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