In The Day When I Cried Out (Cantata)

Composed by Lucas Richman
Words by Lucas Richman, Patrick Polk
Length: 15:00
Instrumentation: Solo Vocal Quartet, Chorus, 2222-4231-timp+2, pno, hp, str

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.

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 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.

The world premiere performance of In the Day When I Cried Out took place on December 31, 2000, with the composer conducting the First Night Celebration Gospel Choir and the First Night Orchestra.