|TRANSFIGURED: A Virtual Chamber Music Concert|
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On August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration, we will be posting TRANSFIGURED: A Virtual Chamber Music concert to our St. Stephen’s YouTube channel.
The concert reflects on Jesus’ transfiguration in a somewhat unconventional way.
The genesis of this program came from our feeling that like Jesus, we too, are going through a transfiguration of, well, everything in this moment. And some of us may also need strength and comfort in these difficult times. The Feast of the Transfiguration is perfect time of a musical offering of reflection on this.
Scientists and other medical experts are telling us that singing is particularly risky during this time, so we decided to focus on instrumental music. That way, with a couple of exceptions (flute/clarinet, for example), everyone could wear a mask, and we could socially distance in the nave of the church.
Some of the instrumentalists who play at St. Stephen’s regularly, along with two guests who joined us remotely from Atlanta, have recorded pieces by composers who have experienced transfiguration either musically, in their own lives, or both. The the composer of one of the selections, Brittney Boykin, is also a featured performer.
Brief verbal program notes between each of the pieces pointing out the transfiguration experiences of the composers and how their music music may have transfigured us are included.
1. “Epistle” Sonata in C major, K 336….Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Five Bagatelles, op. 47 Antonin Dvořák
I. Allegretto scherzando
II. Tempo di Minuetto
III. Allegretto scherzando
V. Poco Allegro
3. Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune….Claude Debussy
4. “Allegro” from Cafe Music…Paul Schoenfeld
5. Three Songs on Poems by Maya Angelou….Brittney Boykin
Sounds Like Pearls
6. “Waltz” from the film music Maxim’s Return, op 45….Dimitri Shostakovich
Kimberly A. King, flute
Gretchen Roper, clarinet
Micah Gangwer, violin
Mayumi Nakamura, violin
Rachel Gangwer, viola
Daniel Mumm, cello
Lenora Green, soprano
Brittney Boykin, composer/piano
Wayne Helmly, organ/piano
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|Concert trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI584TGTn6Q & Parish YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWnFE5JsJZ8SWhdog6Z09hw|