Divine Experiences

Our concert this weekend encourages you to discover the holy found all around.
To this end, we are singing a concert of secular pieces, or music without reference to God, as a platform for finding the sacred inherent in this world. There are only two exceptions, and those are the two settings of the Agnus Dei text, which translates “Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of our world, have mercy on us.”
The two Agnus Dei are by Barber and Elgar, and were both originally composed as instrumental pieces. However, this music is so beautiful, so stirring, so holy, that Barber himself felt compelled to transcribe his piece for choir with a sacred text, and in the case of Elgar, others were compelled to transcribe “nimrod” for choir with the Agnus Dei text added.
I believe these formerly secular pieces perfectly exemplify the meaning of our concert: that, if you choose, life can be lived as an unending series of divine experiences.
I invite all of you to come this weekend to experience the holy found in music, nature, and in love.

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