Trinity's director of academic support and services, will be one voice
among 30 in a choir that will sing traditional hymns during a special television
broadcast on Thanksgiving Day.
of Hope & Healing" will explain the background behind some of Christianity's
most beloved hymns and the testimonies of Americans who lost loved ones
in the terrorist attacks of September 11. The choir, directed by Charles
Butler, music director of Armitage Baptist Church in Chicago, includes
Christian musicians from the Chicago area who sing and play the hymns in
various arrangements and styles.
"Most of the singers are
just people who love to praise God in song," Thompson said about the choir.
"We're like a group of backup singers. We've participated in crusades,
concerts, and choirs with one another before, and that's how we got together
on this project."
Australian filmmaker Peter
Beverige conceived "Hymns
of Hope" and consulted Laurel Heiss, a friend of Thompson's, about
the music. Heiss then assembled the eclectic group to form a strong choir
for the program.
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