By 1812Blockhouse

The St. Peter’s Music Series is set to close its nineteenth season with a spectacular finale on Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 PM. This season-ending concert will be held at the St. Peter’s Church, located at 60 South Mulberry Street. The event promises an enchanting performance of John Rutter’s renowned Magnificat, featuring the combined talents of the St. Peter’s Traditional Choir, Orchestra, and Hand Bell Choir.

A Night of Musical Excellence

The concert will showcase not only the highly acclaimed Magnificat by John Rutter but also a selection of shorter choral pieces and hand bell performances. The evening will feature solo performances by Krisstina Haynes (Soprano), Jacob Poiner (Counter-Tenor), and Heidi Kirschenheiter Vega (Soprano). Each artist brings their unique talent and voice to the ensemble, promising a night of captivating and moving music.

Return of a Beloved Conductor

This concert also marks the much-anticipated return of St. Peter’s Music Director Bill Johnson to the conductor’s podium. After a lengthy illness, Johnson’s return is a celebrated moment for the community and the music series. His leadership and passion for music have been instrumental in the success of the series, and his presence will undoubtedly add a special touch to the evening’s performance.

The Magnificat by John Rutter

John Rutter’s Magnificat is a contemporary choral masterpiece that has captivated audiences worldwide. Known for its vibrant and joyful expression, the piece is a musical setting of the biblical canticle of the Virgin Mary. Rutter’s composition combines lyrical melodies with rhythmic vitality, making it a favorite among choirs and audiences alike.

John Rutter’s Magnificat was composed in 1990, setting the biblical canticle Magnificat to music. It is a A 7-movement extended work for soprano or mezzo-soprano solo, mixed choir, and orchestra (or chamber ensemble). It incorporates elements of Latin American music, reflecting “jubilant celebrations of Mary in Hispanic cultures” and Follows the tradition of Bach’s Magnificat in structuring the text into contrasting movements and inserting additional texts.

Free Admission for All

In keeping with the mission of the St. Peter’s Music Series, the concert is free and open to the public. This initiative aims to make high-quality musical performances accessible to everyone, fostering a love for the arts within the community. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating, as a large turnout is expected.

Event Details

Date: Sunday, June 9
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: St. Peter’s Church, 60 South Mulberry Street
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: For more information, call 419-524-2572, ext. 2113

Celebrate Music and Community

The final concert of the St. Peter’s Music Series is more than just a musical performance; it is a celebration of community, resilience, and the power of music to bring people together. Join the St. Peter’s Traditional Choir, Orchestra, Hand Bell Choir, and distinguished soloists for an unforgettable afternoon of music. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of John Rutter’s Magnificat and other delightful pieces in a setting that promises to uplift and inspire.

Source: St. Peter’s Music Series; Image by Jo Justino from Pixabay

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