Christmas Concert: In Dulci Jubilo
Saturday, December 3, 2016 8 p.m. / Sunday, December 4, 2016 4 p.m.
Epworth United Methodist Church
We open our season “in sweet rejoicing,” drawing on Christmas carols from around the world to celebrate new birth, generous hearts, and warm community. Punctuating a concert of multiple languages and musical styles will be settings of In dulci jubilo, a text that in itself suggests pluralism by incorporating both Latin and German. With this program of songs, readings, and audience carols, we’ll usher in the holiday season thoughtfully and joyfully.
Classics Concert: Verleih uns Frieden
Saturday, April 1, 2017 8 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
When we are open-hearted to all, our diversity can enrich our society, but when we falter, it can lead to a fractured community. At all times in human history have we struggled to establish the true community we desire, and so throughout the centuries we have created music that expresses our need for peace. At our Classics concert in the beautiful and resonant space of Trinity Episcopal Church, we’ll present Mendelssohn’s Verleih uns Frieden (Grant us peace), settings of Laetatus sum (Psalm 121) by Victoria, Mozart, and Monteverdi, and settings of the Hebrew texts Hine ma tov (Behold how good, from Psalm 133) and Sim shalom (Grant peace).
Collage Concert: What a Wonderful World
Saturday, June 3, 2017 8 p.m.
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
are also on the faces of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands saying “how do you do?”
They’re really saying “I love you.”
These lyrics describing racial harmony were immortalized in Louis Armstrong’s rendition of “What a Wonderful World,” and a choral setting of this jazz standard will also form the centerpiece of our concert at the historic Valentine Theatre. In a program that includes the collaboration of exceptional Toledo artists including the Ballet Theatre of Toledo and the Junior Choral Society, we’ll celebrate folksongs and popular music from across the globe. Not only will this music illuminate the similarity of our human experience regardless of culture and language, but the participation of the high school dancers of the Ballet Theatre of Toledo and the fourth through ninth grade singers of the Junior Choral Society will also demonstrate the ways our communal unity extends across all stages of life.