Composer Steve Warner said it is exciting to watch different communities adapt and work with his song “Cross of Our Hope” in a lecture at Saint Mary’s Wednesday evening. “Once you write a piece, it belongs to the Church. They take the insight and wrap it around their own flavors,” he said. “That’s the Holy Spirit at work.” Warner, the founder and director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, composed the piece in honor of the beatification of Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross. “When I was asked to write a song to honor Blessed Moreau, I had to fulfill several things,” Warner said. “First, I was asked not to use his name in the piece, but rather look to his writing to find and write his message. I was also asked to write it in as many languages as possible.” Warner said that “Cross of Our Hope” exists in English, Spanish and French. “The Holy Cross family embraces several continents and many cultures,” Warner said. “Linguistically, the text had to be spot on. The liturgical and musical parameters had to be respected.” Warner said that one of the hardest parts about writing the song was finding texts of Moreau’s to work with. “I finally stumbled upon a letter about the glory of the cross and sufferings of the world,” Warner said. “Reading his letters, there is an unabashed zeal that he constantly shared with his community. It was my goal to create a piece that reflected that zeal.” Warner said that the refrain of the piece reflects that sense of unbridled joy found in Moreau’s writing. “From the first note of the song, it tells you that we are moving forward. It is gospel-oriented and evangelical,” Warner said. “We are spreading the gospel.” The writing process behind “Cross of Our Hope” took three and a half months, Warner said. “Writing a song is not just writing music. You are rearranging people’s spiritual furniture,” he said. “You put prayer on their list. It’s very humbling.”
Tags: basketballSummer Hoops Fest For the second time in the event’s nine-year history, the Central region team girls basketball team emerged victorious from the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Summer Hoops Festival – with more than a little help from some area standouts.Cicero-North Syracuse teammates Jessica Cook and Julia Rowe both played for Central, who went a perfect 5-0 in the three-day tournament held last weekend in Johnson City, near Binghamton.Held each summer in early August, the Summer Hoops Fest mirrors the format of the former Empire State Games as all-star teams from all the regions of New York State face each other. There are three games of pool play, followed by semifinals and finals. Sunday morning’s semifinal had Central trailing Rochester 25-24 at halftime, but its depth and balance made the difference in the second half of a 60-46 win, with Lexie Roe (Fayetteville-Manlius) and Kaia Henderson (New Hartford) each producing 11 points.Back in the championship game for the second year in a row, Central met Hudson Valley. Again, it was down one at halfime (31-30), but Cook took over in the third quarter with 16 consecutive points.All told, Cook had 24 points, Streiff got 14 points (11 in the second half) and Catie Cunningham (West Genesee) added 19 points, and Central defeated Hudson Valley 73-53 for the championship.In the boys edition of the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival, Baldwinsville star J.J. Starling helped lead Central to a 3-2 record and a semifinals berth.After a narrow 87-86 loss to Mid-Hudson on Friday, Central’s boys team defeated North Country on Saturday morning and then outscored Suffolk County (Long Island) 82-75.In the semifinals on Sunday morning, Central lost a 79-64 decision to Hudson Valley, who eventually dropped the championship game 80-72 to the same Suffolk side Central had beaten a day earlier.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Cook and Rowe were named to a Central region squad that finished second in this same event in 2018 and aimed to go one step further and claim the title it last earned in the tournament’s inaugural edition in 2011.The opener on Friday night pitted Central against Buffalo, and it won 79-63, with everyone on Central’s 12-player roster getting on the scoreboard, including Cook, who finished with 10 points, and Rowe.,In the first of two games on Saturday, Central cranked up its defense against Capital District, pulling away to a 50-29 victory. Then it beat Southern Tier 76-69 later that afternoon, helped by its inside game as Cook got 16 points and Bishop Ludden’s Amarah Streiff poured in 18 points.
Nigerian-American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Azunna ‘Zulu’ Anyanwu will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at this weekend’s fight night in Pittsburgh.The heavyweight fighter will square up against Justin ‘El Blanco’ Ledet, who was earlier billed to face injured Dmitriy Sosnovskiy of Ukraine.36-year-old Anyanwu, who will step into the Octagon for the first time on Saturday night, got his maiden UFC contract last week after he was called up at short notice to replace injured Sosnovskiy.“So I got the call about being ready to go next week and I said I’ll take the opportunity at 36 because this ain’t coming again. I’m in my prime now. So just getting in shape and recovering as much as possible. Opening up my lungs, getting ready for the fight.” Anyanwu told ESPN.He continued: “Mentally I’m strong, I’m a strong dude. I’ve seen ups and downs. It’s just gonna be another fight with more computers and cameras around. Let’s just get to it and put on a show.”Another Nigerian, Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman, who defeated Sean Strickland in his last UFC bout in April, makes his return to the Octagon to take on Brazil’s Sergio ‘The Panther’ Moraes.RelatedNigerian-Born UFC Star Adesanya Beats Tavares In Welterweight FightJuly 9, 2018In “Africa”UFC 234: Nigerian-born MMA Star Threatens UFC LegendFebruary 9, 2019In “Sports”UFC 248: Israel Dares The Soldier Of GodMarch 7, 2020In “Featured”