Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom

The Oscar Peterson memorial concert in Toronto had many moving tributes and eulogies, both spoken-word and musical. I listened to the live web stream and felt that i was there. CBC Radio 2 promises to make it available on demand on the web.

The concert concluded with a choral arrangement of “Hymn to Freedom.” I wasn’t ready to let that go, so I searched for clips of OP’s civil rights anthem. I expected gospel choirs, I found yet another creative genre — personal takes on the hymn. Check out YouTube results for Hymn to Freedom. Here are two that touched me, performed by ptehan and Jim Hession. They remind me of listening to poetry readings at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House in Dayton, occasions where the hymn was sung at every gathering’s close.

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