This significant and unique composition successfully melds many of the great traditions of American sacred music into a Missa Brevis for choir, orchestra and two soprano soloists. Using elements of the traditional liturgy, Latin texts, early American hymns and spirituals, Ron Kean has crafted a richly expressive and melodic work that is compelling both in its scope and in the artistic requirements to bring it to life. Suitable for performance both in the concert hall and the worship sanctuary, this is a moving essay that is deeply connected to the American soul. Contents: Kyrie eleison/Let Us Break Bread Together; Gloria/Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing; Sanctus/Swing Low Sweet Chariot and Agnus Dei/Shall We Gather at the River. The "Lord have mercy" passages are absolutely breathtaking in this marvelous work!