Cathedral of St Andrew - Grand Rapids
- Friday, May 20 - 7 PM
- Saturday, May 21 - 7 PM
Basilica of St. Adalbert - Grand Rapids
Concert Details: (Free Will Offerings – Free Parking)
Why do people ask to see God’s identity papers when the darkness opening into morning is more than enough? Mary Oliver
The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys will conclude their 26th Season on May 20, 21 & 22 with a program which will warm, surprise and delight listeners…consider it the perfect spring bouquet of music, poetry, life and joy!
The concert will open with a selection of new sacred pieces to the Choir’s library…Charles Villiers Stanford’s Biblical Songs & Hymns Op 113. Stanford experimented with novel forms to express religious devotion, and these settings are one of these experiments. The organ accompaniment plants this work firmly in the church, but the songs themselves use "secular" techniques. The texts of the songs were chosen and adapted by Stanford, mostly from the Psalms. These are compositions filled with melodic and harmonic joy which spring from the texts…truly engaging, affecting music.
Following the Stanford pieces, the choir will perform John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth.” This will allow the choir to then head down a brand new path by performing some of the most beautiful secular part songs ever composed. Nature will be engaged to discover the God of Scripture revealing himself in the beauty of his created world. The choir will revel in the beauties of nature, nurture, home & family in stunning, heart stopping musical settings by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, Harold Arlen and more.
You do not want to miss this one…come and bring friends and revel with us.