Wendell Whalum (arr​.​)​: The Lily of the Valley

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A graduate of Morehouse College, the composer and organist Wendell Whalum was for thirty-four years Director of the Morehouse College Glee Club, which achieved national and international acclaim under his leadership. His powerful arrangement of the beautiful spiritual “The Lily of the Valley” builds in intensity before fading into a hushed, serene conclusion.

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He’s the Lily of the valley, oh, my Lord.

I’ve never been to heaven but I’ve been told,
That the streets up there are paved with gold,
What kind of shoes are those You wear?
That You can walk up in the air.
These shoes I wear are gospel shoes,
And You can wear these if You choose.

He’s the Lily of the valley, oh, my Lord.

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from Spring Bursts Today: A Celebration of Eastertide, released April 20, 2014

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For over 175 years the Harvard University Choir has provided a unique opportunity for student singers to perform choral literature at the highest level, both in concert and during the services of the Memorial Church. Its program of daily choral services, broadcasts, tours, commissions, and recordings make it one of the premier college chapel ensembles in the United States. ... more

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