Music at our single Annual Meeting Sunday is a mix of worship styles from both the 8:45 and 10:45 hymn repertoire. The opening hymn, Lift high the cross, has a triumphant melody and stirring text. The sequence hymn, Here I am Lord, has great appeal to those who were raised on post-Vatican II Roman Catholic hymnody but over time, this hymn now appears in hymn books of most worship traditions. The Presentation hymn’s last verse is known by everyone- “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” Many may simply know that the communion hymn 335 by title- I am the bread of life, but you may not know its author/composer, Sister Suzanne Toolan, b. 1927. She served here career as a Sister of Mercy in Hollywood, CA and was one of the first to write new post-Vatican II hymnody.
Our closing hymn, Amazing Grace, is known to all. The fifth verse is the precise duration of eternity- “When we’ve been there 10,000 years…we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise then when we first begun.”
Homage to February Black History month appears at the postlude. A rather quiet, introspective organ work, Lento was composed by Betty Jackson King. A native of Chicago and schooled at Peabody Conservatory and Westminster Choir College, Ms. King, an African American composer, taught in public schools and composed for voice, choir, cello and piano. This is her only work for organ.
The season after Epiphany is in closure and we look forward to special Lenten musical events.
In mid-March our Lenten Organ recital series returns. These recitals feature local talent and are short in duration. Make them part of your Lenten discipline. All are welcome to attend.
1.Wednesday, March 13 at 1:00pm Jim Burns, Westminster Presbyterian
2.Wednesday, March 20 at 1:00pm Doug Starr, St. Paul’s Episcopal
3.Wednesday, March 27 at 1:00pm Jon Tyillian, Calvary Episcopal
Free Will Offering
Our very own Music Assistant, Christin Cooper and her colleague, James Iman, will be featured in our March Friends of Music concert on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 4:00 pm. Known as (co) ordinal Piano Duo, Christin and James perform selections from their inaugural concert season. Their performance will feature an eclectic mix of music written for solo piano and piano duet from the turn of the 20th century to today. Program highlights include Claude Debussy's duet Six Épigraphes Antiques and Morton Feldman's Piano Four Hands, with featured solo works by Jenny Beck and others. Suggested Donation; $10