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Cynthia's a cappella choral composition, "Rich Man", set to a poem by Elizabeth Rooney from the book of Christian poetry, "A Widening Light, poems of the Incarnation", edited by Luci Shaw, has been performed by the following choral groups:

  • NYC Choir of Holy Apostles Church conducted by Dr. David Hurd

  • Church of the Ascension "Brown Bag Series" in Pueblo, Colorado, conducted by Ken Butcher

  • C4 Ensemble conducted by Daniel Andor-Ardó

  • C4 and New Jersey City University Concert Chorale combined choirs conducted by Dr. Robert Prowse

Poem Text

Rich man, rich man, who are you?

Do you seek the Christ child too?

In your palace and your court life is busy, life is short.

Have you time to go away, to find a baby in the hay?

Can you get your camel through, the needle's eye, as you must do?

Rich man, rich man you've come far,

where did you learn to trust a star

instead of turning to a King, to guide you in your wandering.

How did you grow wise in spite of all your kingly guise?

Who taught you to play your part to bring an educated heart

to the stable in the west so you could kneel and be blessed.

Come to the stable in the west, so you could kneel there and be Blessed.

To learn about performing "Rich Man" with your choir, please contact Cynthia.

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Listen to "Rich Man" as performed by the choir of The Church of the Holy Apostles, conducted by Dr. David Hurd.

Rich Man - Holy Apostles Choir

C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective sings "Rich Man" in concert on November 10, 2023 at St. Luke in the Fields, NYC

Conducted by Daniel Andor-Ardó

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