Smith, Kile. Mass for Philadelphia. (Commissioned by Phillip and Heather Shade and members and friends of All Saints' Episcopal Church Choir, Norristown, Pa., for the Closing Eucharist of the Philadelphia 2012 National Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and as a gift to the wider Church community.) Philadelphia: Tau Imprints, 2012, 2013 (ASCAP). 9 Pages, 13 Pages. pdf document. www.kilesmith.com (L)
Mass for Philadelphia was commissioned for the 2012 National Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. That conference was held in Philadelphia, but since its first hearing at the conference's Closing Eucharist, a number of Episcopal churches have been using it. Tomorrow, the first Sunday after Easter, the first Lutheran church will also begin to sing it.
I've written and rewritten this review in my head and on paper and recently decided I could distill my thoughts to three basic ideas, much like a skilled composer needs to do on occasion.
Kile's music is hailed for its "sparkling beauty" by Gramophone, which called his one-hour Vespers, for Piffaro and The Crossing "spectacular." Critics and audiences praise his works for their emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice.
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, Yellowstone Circuit Visitor (LCMS Wyoming District), a permanent member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.