April is the Month for Music
***The University of Memphis Collegium Musicum
April 2 - 3:00pm in the Sanctuary
Join us on Sunday, April 2 at 3:00pm in the St. John's sanctuary for The University of Memphis Collegium Musicum, the early-music ensemble of the Scheidt School of Music, conducted by Ken Kreitner. It has taken a number of forms over the years but at the moment it is a late-baroque orchestra of some two dozen players— strings, woodwinds, and continuo—and for this performance they are teaming up with the Rhodes College Women’s Chorus, directed by Mona Kreitner.
The afternoon’s program will consist of three compositions: a sonata for string ensemble by H.I.F. Biber (1644–1704), an intrada for the whole orchestra by Christoph Graupner (1683–1760), a psalm by Michael Haydn (1737–1806) with the women’s chorus, and a concerto by Leonardo Leo (1694–1744), featuring our fabulous new cello professor, Dr. Kimberly Patterson.
***Faure's Requieum - Passion Service in partnership with St. Luke's UMC
April 7 at 7:00pm at St. Luke's UMC and April 9 at 4:00pm at St. John's UMC
Join us at 7:00pm on Friday, April 7 at St. Luke’s UMC - or at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 9 at St. John’s UMC; together our choirs will sing Faure’s Requiem, Op 48. Composed in 1888 following the death of the composer’s father, this particular setting has become a personal favorite within the genre for numerous performers and audience members alike. Come – experience the power, tranquility, and meditation this music provides as we transition into holy week. When paired with dramatic poetry readings selected and orated by Linda and Walter Mischke, this experience will capture the reverence needed to move towards the passion of Christ.
Roll Down, Justice! - Lent 2017
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Amos 5:24)
This year's Lenten series focuses on walking closer to God through good and just works. As we pondered representations of the scripture from Amos, it became clear that the perfect symbol was just down the street. The Mighty Mississippi River, an ever-flowing stream if ever there was one, borders our city known for justice, our city in need of justice. With the great talents of photographer Alex Smythe, we have a constant reminder in our sanctuary of the important work that God calls us to do. We serve Memphis and all Memphians as our brothers and sisters.