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Friday, April 20, 2012

Concert at Crescent Saturday night benefits Drake House

'Cast our crowns at Jesus' feet' by Jim Janknegt.

'Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise.'**  Those three words open up a world of great music to be presented by the Crescent Choral Society Saturday evening.

Three giants in the musical world are surely Felix Mendelssohn, Ralph Vaughan Williams and the contemporary British composer John Rutter, and the Society has pieces from all three for your listening pleasure!

The program begins in wonder with Mendelssohn’s sacred cantata Hear My Prayer with the haunting soprano solo “O for the Wings of a Dove,” and follows with his stirring setting of Psalm 42 also called “As the Hart Pants,” with more soprano solos and a men’s quartet.

Then on to love and it’s the men’s turn to solo in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, which concludes with the mighty Antiphon “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing.”

Finally, in praise, the Society gives you Rutter’s joyful Te Deum, first performed in Canterbury Cathedral in 1988.

Now that’s a line up of truly engaging music!

Tickets available at the door. A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold by Historical Society members will go to benefit the Drake House Museum.

At Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue
(Parking in church lot, on street, or in Swain Galleries lot)

**The words 'lost in wonder, love and praise' are the concluding phrase of the final stanza of Charles Wesley's famous and much-beloved hymn 'Love divine, all loves excelling' (see more here).

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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