The World Premiere of Barbara Harbach’s Ojibwa Prayer for SATB choir, flute and piano will be performed on Sunday, December 2 at 9:00 AM by the Unity Lutheran Choir with flutist Rachel Helz, under the direction of the composer, who will also be at the piano. The Premiere will be part of the regular weekly worship service of Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8454 Glen Echo Drive in Bel-Nor, Missouri.

The composer writes about this piece, “Author unknown, the language of the Ojibwa Prayer is also known as Chippewa, Saulteaux, Southern Ojibway, and Mississippi Ojibwa. The prayer was taken from Bishop Frederick Baraga’s Catechism written in the middle 1800’s.”

“Commissioned by and dedicated to Unity Lutheran Church, my setting, for SATB, flute and piano, portrays in music the wind of the Great Spirit, the weakness of the many children, the beauty of the sunsets and the many things that the Spirit has made.  The prayer asks for wisdom from the lessons that come from earthly beauty, so when life fades, we come to you.”

The December 2 program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-382-4241 or visit

MSR Classics has released Ms. Harbach’s Music for Strings (MS1258) with the London Philharmonic, Chamber Music III (MS1257), Vocal Music (MS1256), Chamber Music II, ((MS1255) and Toccatas, Flourishes & Fugues, A Celebration of Hymns for organ solo (MS1254). For more about these and her other MSR CDs, visit Her website is at

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