Music for mercy

Local composer Chuck Marohnic, playing the piano, has set the lyrics of the psalms to music. He performed a selection of his music at a concert Oct. 27 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. He was accompanied, above, by vocalist Carol Rogers, right, and Dwight Kilian on bass.
Local composer Chuck Marohnic, playing the piano, has set the lyrics of the psalms to music. He performed a selection of his music at a concert Oct. 27 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. He was accompanied by vocalist Carol Rogers, right, and Dwight Kilian on bass, among other musicians. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)

The Cathedral of the Assumption was the backdrop for a Jubilee Year of Mercy concert on Oct. 27 called The Psalms Reborn. The event featured music by local composer and pianist Chuck Marohnic, who has set the lyrics of the psalms to a blend of music styles, including jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, Latin and country.

The performance, part of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s observance of the Year of Mercy, featured psalms centered on mercy presented by dozens of performers. The evening began with psalms of lament, moved into psalms of thanksgiving and concluded with psalms of celebration. The music drew the listener through meditative rhythms and deep, soothing tones to high-spirited impassioned pleas for God’s mercy to movements evoking celebration.

To learn more about Marohnic’s work, visit www.musicservingtheword.org.

The Cathedral of the AssumptionÕs Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Singers sang several selections under the direction of the CathedralÕs Dr. Philip Brisson, center, during The Psalms Reborn concert on Oct. 27 at the Cathedral. (Record Photos by Marnie McAllister)
The Cathedral of the Assumption’s Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Singers sang several selections under the direction of the Cathedral’s Dr. Philip Brisson, center, during The Psalms Reborn concert on Oct. 27 at the Cathedral. (Record Photos by Marnie McAllister)
The Cathedral of the Assumption was lit with colorful lights for The Psalms Reborn concert on Oct. 27. The word "mercy" was illuminated at the top of the sanctuary during the event, which was part of the Archdiocese of Louisville's Jubilee Year of Mercy celebration. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)
The Cathedral of the Assumption was lit with colorful lights for The Psalms Reborn concert on Oct. 27. The word “mercy” was illuminated at the top of the sanctuary during the event, which was part of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Jubilee Year of Mercy celebration. (Record Photo by Marnie McAllister)
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3 replies on “Music for mercy”
  1. Thanks to Ruby Thomas and Marnie McAllister for their fine work on the articles and photos of the Psalms Reborn event at the Cathedral. We couldn’t have done it without you.

    Sincerely,

    Chuck Marohnic
    Composer and Producer of Psalms Reborn

  2. says: Carol Rogers

    I met Chuck Marohnic in Omaha, Nebraska in 2011. God was leading me to this city from lucrative Los Angeles, CA because may father was dying with Alzheimer’s and my Mom had this disease, too. They both were living in Omaha. Her personal care was assigned to me, along with an unplanned relocation to my hometown, Omaha.

    God led Chuck to me to give me songs to sing that please Him. The quality of his musicianship was nothing less than what I had experienced in LA. Obeying God to return to my birthplace wasn’t easy, but the Psalms Reborn has assisted my music testimony of Christ’s love in a way that ONLY the Lover of our souls can do!

    Chuck wanted to be with me on this Sarah Vaughan Tribute for my Mom. God provided a night of amazing jazz to honor my mother, as I honored Him.

    Enjoy,

    Trust in The Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH!

    Carol Jeanne Rogers

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    https://youtu.be/rK6RwdR3Dp8

  3. says: June Stamps

    I so wish I could have been in my birth city for this uplifting and blessed concert of Chuck’s Psalms music. Would have been nice also to see Chuck’s wife, Mary Ann, my very good friend from years past.
    Love to all,
    June (Livers) Stamps

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