Lecturer in the School of Music Dr. David Bridges will have one of his choral arrangements performed on “Tokens,” a radio show, on Sunday, November 19 at the Ryman. The show will be taped and air twice on WSM-AM 650 on Thanksgiving Day. The show was started 11 years ago by Lee C. Camp, a theology and ethics professor at Lipscomb University. Camp modeled it after “The Prairie Home Companion” with the addition of a religious element and a very eclectic mix of music. He announces the show, introduces the musical numbers, has comedy skits and interviews a wide variety of people. The audience has grown over the years, and the Ryman is consistently sold out for the taping.
The Lipscomb Academy Choir is one of the musical guests on the show and they will sing Bridges’s arrangement of the shaped-note tune IDUMEA, one of the tunes that was used in the film “Cold Mountain.” His arrangement is different from the film’s as it has a different text and is arranged for four (mixed) voices. Bridges’s choral arrangements have also recently been performed in the annual Christian High School Choral Festival Choir at Lipscomb University and at the Elementary Honors Choir festival in Pensacola, Florida.