Public Events Held at Central
Central Choir Performs “Magnificat”
Sunday, December 10, 10:30 a.m.
On Sunday, December 10 the Central Choir, Central soloists and members of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra will perform Dietrich Buxtehude’s setting of the “Magnificat” as a part of the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Buxtehude (1637-1708) was the most important German composer in the generation prior to Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach, in fact, was given a month-long leave from his position in Arnstadt to visit and perhaps study with Buxtehude at the Marienkirche in Lübeck—a 250 mile trip that Bach made on foot. The one-month visit actually lasted four!
It is likely that Buxtehude wrote this setting of Mary’s Song of Praise (Luke 1:46-55) for use at the Sunday afternoon Abendmusik concerts he presented at the Marienkirche the five Sundays before Christmas. The style is quite Italianate or even French—reminiscent of the compositions of Jean Baptiste Lully. Florid vocal solos, duets and trios alternate with passages for full choir. The result is absolutely lovely.
The work is scored for strings. Our four soloist/section leaders Froya Olson (soprano), Robin Helgen (alto), Mike Fairbairn (tenor) and Harrison Hintzsche (baritone) will be featured as well.
Interfaith Gathering – Bold Hope in the North
January 28, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church
This official Super Bowl week celebration will showcase Minnesota’s national leadership in multi-faith dialogue and cooperation, and will raise money to prevent homelessness through the interfaith Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
The celebration will feature music, testimonies from people helped by the Emergency Rental Assistance Program…and a few surprises!
If you wish to donate to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, click here and fill in the last giving option, “Emergency Rental Assistance (DCEH).”