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Roundtree: Symphony No. 1 in D, "Heroes" And Worship Music for Orchestra

by Worship Orchestra of Washington & Ben Roundtree

This live concert presents an original classical symphony, worship music for orchestra, and congregational worship singing, bringing together professional orchestra and rock band musicians to worship the Lord through music.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Great I Am (Instrumental) [Live]
Worship Orchestra of Washington
5:34 $1.29
2. In Christ Alone (Live)
Worship Orchestra of Washington
4:13 $1.29
3. Symphony No. 1 in D "Heroes": 1. Greatness Through Humility (Live)
Worship Orchestra of Washington
7:18 album only
4. Symphony No. 1 in D "Heroes": 2. Apprentice Maker (Live)
Worship Orchestra of Washington
7:09 album only
5. Symphony No. 1 in D "Heroes": 3. Live By Faith (Live)
Worship Orchestra of Washington
4:35 album only
6. Symphony No. 1 in D "Heroes": 4. Dwell Together in Unity (Live)
Worship Orchestra of Washington
4:39 album only
7. Symphony No. 1 in D "Heroes": 5. Enjoy the Day (Live)
Worship Orchestra of Washington
7:10 album only
8. Awakening (Instrumental) [Live]
Worship Orchestra of Washington
5:43 $1.29
9. The Story of Liya Dovgalyuk (Live)
Worship Orchestra of Washington
4:52 album only
10. Prayer of Ukraine (Instrumental) [Live]
Worship Orchestra of Washington
2:09 $1.29
11. Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) [Live]
Worship Orchestra of Washington
4:28 $1.29
12. Cornerstone (Live)
Worship Orchestra of Washington
4:10 $1.29
13. All Hail the Power With Toss the Feathers (Live)
Worship Orchestra of Washington, Ben Roundtree & Martha Haines
4:06 $1.29
14. Manifesto (Instrumental) [Live]
Worship Orchestra of Washington
4:24 $1.29
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Album Notes
About Symphony No. 1 in D, “Heroes”
This symphony is dedicated to musical and spiritual mentors who took me under their wing. Each of the five movements is inspired by a life, a story, a character trait that made an impact on me as a musician and as a follower of Jesus Christ. I recently read a book that said this about heroes:

"The ancient Greeks had Plutarch's Lives and in the sixteenth century we got Foxe's Book of Martyrs. The message in these and similar books was that these lives were great and worthy of emulation. Having role models and heroes was historically a vital way of helping a new generation know what it should be aiming at… So the idea of having heroes and role models has historically been very important; but as I say, somehow this has changed in recent years." (Eric Metaxas, “Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness”)

So this composition is my way of telling stories about some of my heroes. They made a deliberate choice to invest their lives in me, and helped turn my interest into desire, my talent into craftsmanship, and my potential into reality. None of them is perfect, but their impact as mentors is worthy of emulation.

The first movement, “Greatness Through Humility,” is dedicated to Samuel Hsu. When I went to the Csehy Summer School of Music as a teenager, I got to know the virtuosic pianist, Dr. Hsu. I listened to him around the dinner table, expecting to hear stories of musical conquests and famous people he had worked with. But instead he talked of spiritual things and of how to know God more deeply. He was a humble man who made everyone feel that he was honored to be their friend. This movement includes grand heroic themes, but also a quiet and simple moment for solo piano with a melody so humble that it only uses one note.

Bill Fasig is the inspiration for the second movement, entitled “Apprentice Maker.” He was an organist, pianist, and audio engineer for Billy Graham, and without my knowing it, he began to teach me to be an arranger and orchestrator. I spent time at his house learning to copy music with a calligraphy pen, listening to master composers, and learning to use a computer to write music. To honor Bill, I wanted to write something that sounds like organ music and includes variations on a hymn tune that I composed.

The third movement is a scherzo, or a musical joke. “Live By Faith” is a tribute to Randy Haynes, who maintains a quirky sense of humor (as heard in the slow march) along with his tireless work for God. Barry Banther wrote, “When leaders take the risk to place their confidence in us, even before we have earned it, it gives us the strength to face adversity without excuse. It gives us the courage to live beyond our self-imposed limits!” (Barry Banther, “A Leader’s Gift”) While I was a counselor at the Csehy Summer School of Music, Randy put me in situations where I had to trust God beyond the previous limits of my faith. I saw my faith grow exponentially through this kind of experience.

The fourth movement, “Dwell Together In Unity,” honors the co-leaders of Eurobrass, Angie Hunter and Chris Woods. Concertgoers often say that the music of this 12-member chamber ensemble is more powerful because of the spirit that is evident in our interactions both on and off the stage. This musical and spiritual unity is described in Psalm 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” This movement has some dissonance, just like everyone has differences of personality, culture, and experience; but that strife gives way to a beautiful chorale signifying the unity possible in the body of Christ.

The symphony closes with a tribute to trumpet soloist and brass leader Tim Zimmerman. “Enjoy the Day” has some of the excitement and energy that are hallmark of a King’s Brass concert. Before the big ending of the movement, there is a violin cadenza that is reminiscent of the invitation Tim gives at his concerts. It is followed by a trumpet solo with piano with the rest of the brass joining in and building up to a rousing finale. I am thankful for a mentor who encouraged me to find out what I love to do and to find a way to make a living doing it.

About the Performers
Ben Roundtree has contracted or conducted orchestral events with artists Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Martina McBride, Lexi Walker, Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Jaci Velasquez, Nic Gonzales, Wayne Watson, and David Hamilton at the Kennedy Center and in churches around Washington, DC. Ben is also a composer, arranger, brass and handbell musician, and publisher.

He is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia, Assistant Director of The Dominion Brass, Tuba and Bass Trombone player with Eurobrass, and self-publisher of sacred and classical music at RoundtreeMusic.com.

Yevgeniy Dovgalyuk, a native of Riga, Latvia, began studying violin at the age of six. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at the University of Maryland, studying with Dr. James Stern. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from George Mason University. His teachers have included NSO violinists Pavel Pekarsky and Peter Haase.

Mr. Dovgalyuk is a Concertmaster with Piedmont Symphony as well as the American Studio Orchestra, and Associate Concertmaster with the American Festival Pops Orchestra. He regularly performs with the National Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, and is the founder of the Liya Ensemble. He is actively involved with Liya Music Camp in the USA and Ukraine, as well as the Liya Dovgalyuk Foundation, in memory of his sister. He has performed throughout the USA and Europe, including Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Latvia, and Russia.

Ben Lashey is a musican, songwriter, worship leader, husband and father. His latest recording, “A Light Breaks” was released in 2013 and he has served on the staff of McLean Bible Church for over 10 years.

Martha Haines leads worship at many of the McLean Bible Church campuses, and in 2012 released her first EP, “Finding My Way.” She is currently a sales manager at a website design firm.

The Worship Orchestra of Washington is made up of professional musicians playing music to glorify God and benefit Christian ministries. The orchestra plays with a beautifully blended sound and with a spiritual unity that flows from the many who are followers of Jesus Christ. Its members play in military bands, professional orchestras, and churches in and around Washington, DC. The orchestra has performed at McLean Bible Church and as the True North Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center with artists including Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, David Hamilton, and Camp Kirkland.

All proceeds from the sale of this recording will go to benefit the Liya Dovgalyuk Foundation and their work with musicians and children with disabilities in Ukraine.



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