Friends of Music will present Sir Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater and Joseph Longen’s Hymne for organ and strings at their 24th Annual Good Friday Devotional Concert on April 15.
By News Desk
Stabat Mater by Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins is the featured work for the 24th annual Good Friday Devotional Concert presented by Friends of Music at Pasadena Presbyterian Church on April 15 at 7:30 pm. The church is located at Colorado Blvd. and Madison Ave. in the Playhouse Village neighborhood of downtown Pasadena. There is no charge for admission (freewill donations will be gratefully accepted). Free parking is available around the church, which is also accessible via the Metro gold Line and Metro and Foothill Transit buses.
Dr. Timothy Howard, the church’s Director of Music and Organist, will conduct PPC resident and guest singers and the Friends of Music orchestra in the concert.
Jenkins’ Stabat Mater has had hundreds of performances worldwide, among them Friends of Music’s 2010 Good Friday concert just two years after the work’s premiere in 2008, with some of those singers joining choirs from around the United States to perform the piece in 2011 at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall. The piece’s popularity is remarkable in an era where much “new music” struggles to get even a second hearing.
Dr. Howard said:
The reasons for this popularity are straightforward. It’s accessible music, very easy for any person to understand and embrace, and Jenkins’ inclusion of non-traditional Western musical and textual elements is masterful. The result is a beautiful, unpretentious work that’s a good fit for our Good Friday concert.
The evening will conclude with the rarely-heard Hymne for organ and strings by Joseph Jongen featuring PPC’s magnificent Æolian-Skinner pipe organ. With more than 6,300 pipes, the organist blends the instrument’s many tone colors and dynamic capabilities to fit a wide range of repertoire. For this concert, it serves as both soloist and ensemble member. Bonnie Snell Schindler is the alto soloist for the Stabat Mater, and Michelle Kardos is organist for the Hymne.
Friends of Music is an outreach and service of Pasadena Presbyterian Church to Pasadena and surrounding communities. An annual series of major concerts and recitals at the church features the resident ensembles, the professional Friends of Music Orchestra, and visiting artists.
24th annual Good Friday Devotional Concert April 15 at 7:30 pm Pasadena Presbyterian Colorado Blvd. and Madison Ave.
Edited by Ann Hunnewell
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