and lover of children. When he plays the piano, often in ensemble with flutes, tambourines, fiddles and guitars, the youth seem to sing louder - there is something in his fingers that brings out the best in them. Traditional hymns are putty in his hands. You will recognize the rune but barely It can be hidden in a Broadway flourish, a blues riff or some standard rock 'n' roll pro- gression. He puts new life into the ancient story the church has to tell." The work ethic that the arts teach is a spectacular one for young people," Thorp says, "and good preparation for totally diverse things." Stage to black. House lights up. Tomorrow, another audience. lin
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