Composer heads to Rome to hear own work

Staff Writer,
Abilene Reporter-News
Sept. 14, 2000

Just when Sally Reid thought life couldn't get any better, it did.

Last December, an original composition by Reid and Abilene Christian University colleague Cheryl Bacon titled "Jesus, Redeemer, Messiah" was performed in Rome aspart of the Roman Catholic Church's Jubilee 2000 celebration.

Since that performance on Dec. 28 by the Choir of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Reid's piece has been heard by pilgrims to Rome, as well as on broadcasts, as the Jubilee 2000 celebration continues through Jan. 3, 2001.

Now Reid has been invited to Rome for a performance Saturday in the Vatican Audience Chamber.

"I am told this hall seats 10,000 persons and that the concert will be televised," she said.

She has accepted the invitation and will take her daughter, Sarah, a senior at Abilene High School who will turn 18 on Friday.

"This is our little birthday/ graduation venture," Reid said.

The concert coincides with an international symposium sponsored by the Foundation Donne in Musica's Grande Giubileo a Roma 2000, the foundation that invited Reid to Rome.

As president of the International Alliance for Women in Music, Reid will make a presentation during the symposium, which will involve composers and musicologists from five continents.

Reid received a letter from the foundation notifying her that her composition had been performed several times since December and will be included in closing ceremonies Jan. 3 when the official Jubilee 2000 concludes.

Reid learned through a letter from the foundation that the performance Saturday will be historic. It will be the only event during the Jubilee year celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary to be held in the Vatican Audience Chamber.

Reid composed the music for "Jesus, Redeemer, Messiah" and Bacon, chairperson of ACU's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, wrote the lyrics. In 1997, Reid was invited to compose an original work to be considered for the official "Hymn of the Jubilee Year."

Although she didn't win the competition, her work has been performed at various venues in Rome since debuting in December.

"It really was a coup to get the invitation," she said.

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