In the Day When I Cried Out (Anthem)

Composed by Lucas Richman
Words by Lucas Richman, Patrick Polk
Length: 3:00
Instrumentation: Solo Baritone, Chorus, 2222-4231-timp+2, pno, hp, str
Ensemble: Full Orchestra
Instrument / Voice: Baritone (voice)

Ideal for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concerts, this moving work blends the classical orchestra with traditional gospel styles to describe the search for spiritual guidance, culminating in a thrilling, hand-clapping finale.  The listener is taken on a spiritual journey from despair to realization and hope, personified by the vocal soloists and illuminated by the chorus and orchestra.

In the Day When I Cried Out was commissioned by First Night® Pittsburgh. Based on the Psalms of David, the work also incorporates original text by Patrick Polk and Lucas Richman. The world premiere performance of the In the Day When I Cried Out cantata, took place on December 31, 2000, with the composer conducting the First Night Celebration Gospel Choir and the First Night Orchestra.