World Premiere of Joshua: A new work composed by Christopher LaRosa

World Premiere of Joshua

A new work composed by Christopher LaRosa

Performed by the United Parish Chancel Choir & Boston University Trombone Choir

Susan DeSelms, organ

Don Lucas, conductor

Helen Hassinger, soprano

Kristen Murdaugh, alto

Tim McGowan, tenor

Sunday, November 11, 11:00am Worship Service

Joshua is a 15-minute, musical retelling of the Battle of Jericho composed by one of United Parish's most talented alumni and commissioned for the Chancel Choir by David Flanagan and Jeff Kline. In this story, the Israelites arrive at Jericho after their long Exodus, but Jericho resists God and does not offer the Israelites safe haven.  Through their faith in God, the Israelites win their Promised Land. The walls of Jericho fall and the city is destroyed along with virtually every living thing in it. It is a dramatic, and violent story that poses many questions and challenges for modern followers.

On Sunday, November 11, the United Parish Chancel Choir, joined by the Boston University Trombone Choir, will bring this piece to life in all of its dramatic, terrifying, and reverent beauty. We hope that you will come, bringing friends and family, to hear the world premiere of Joshua, presented by the musicians and in the venue that it was composed for. Together we will wrestle with the artistic incarnation of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho.

For more information, contact Minister of Music, Susan DeSelms at or 617-277-6860 x3.

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