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From One Generation to Another: A Celebration in Song

5/23/19 | Music

From One Generation to Another: A Celebration in Song

From One Generation to Another: A Celebration in Song

June 2, 4:00 p.m.

As St. Peter's 2018/19 sesquicentennial season draws to a close, the St. Peter's Choir presents a final celebration in music for choir and organ. The concert, entitled “From One Generation to Another,” commemorates the first 150 years of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The concert is free, and everyone is welcome.

The centerpiece of the concert, which tells the creation story from the Book of Genesis, is the groundbreaking masterwork In the Beginning by Aaron Copland (1900–1990).  This work for unaccompanied choir with soprano solo was written in 1947. At a time when we reflect on our own beginnings a parish, it is hoped that In the Beginning will inspire us with its “grandeur, optimism, and humanism.”

The Choir will perform two pieces written simultaneously with our founding as a parish in 1868: “Locus iste” by Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) and “How lovely is thy dwelling place” from A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897).

David Sinden will perform the thundering opening movement to Alexandre Guilmant’s Seventh Sonata. In 1896, Charles Galloway became the organist of St. Peter's Church at age 25. Galloway was considered a child prodigy, and had first played the organ at St. Peter's when he was 12. Galloway studied with the famed French organist Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911) in Paris, and, in 1902, Guilmant dedicated his Seventh Organ Sonata to Galloway. Two years later, Guilmant would travel to St. Louis to be the celebrity organ recitalist of the 1904 World’s Fair.

The Choir will reprise a work it commissioned a premiered in October, “If thou wilt be perfect,” by the Australian-born American composer Melissa Dunphy (b. 1980). The concert will conclude with the triumphant strains of the grand anthem “Lord, thou hast been our refuge” by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) which incorporates the familiar hymn melody ‘St. Anne’ (“O God our help in ages past”).