Concert for World Peace
Dona Nobis Pacem
Truth springs from earth; righteousness from heaven.
Glenn Chancel Choir
Dwight Andrews, speaker
Timothy Albrecht, organist
Steven Darsey, conductor
Friday, March 2, 8:00 PM
Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
The Chancel Choir of Glenn Memorial UMC presents a concert dedicated to peace. Included will be Ralph Vaughan Williams’s cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem, with full orchestra and soloists, Magdalena Wór and Stephen Ozcomert. Glenn Music Director Steven Darsey conducts.
Dwight Andrews, Professor of Music at Emory and Pastor of First Congregational Church UCC, will speak on music and world peace. During the concert, an offering will be taken with half the proceeds going to the Mar Elias Peace Study Center via United Methodist Global Ministries. Located in Israel, the Mar Elias Center comprises schools where “Jews, Druze, and Arab Christians and Muslims meet daily to learn and work together toward building a better future.”
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), one of the world’s greatest composers, was commissioned to compose Dona Nobis Pacem by England’s Huddersfield Choral Society. The premiere was October 2, 1936. For texts, he chose portions of the Catholic Mass, a political speech, scripture, and poems of Walt Whitman. As the rising tide of World War II was looming, the search for peace was doubtless on Vaughan Williams’ mind as he composed this work, in which the evil of war and the holy search for peace are dramatically portrayed. Within musical sections of soul wrenching power, contrasting with haunting strains of elysian beauty, his music speaks provocatively and faithfully for peace, a voice we yet need today.
Also included will be the hymn, “O God of Every Nation,” led by Emory University and Glenn Organist, Timothy Albrecht, and the anthem, “Hear My Prayer, O Lord,” by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) sung by the Glenn Chamber Choir.
The concert will be presented in the Glenn Sanctuary, 1660 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. Directions–www.glennumc.org. The concert is free; an offering will be taken. Free parking is available in Emory’s Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 North Decatur Road. Contact: Nancy Buckhannan— firstname.lastname@example.org, (404) 272-2051
The Glenn Chancel Choir is composed of volunteers and professionals. On tours the choir has sung at the Rockefeller Chapel of the University of Chicago and at Riverside Church in New York City, and its Atlanta concerts have been broadcast on WABE. Their concerts take place in the acoustically renowned sanctuary of Glenn Memorial Church. The Chancel Choir is honored to sing for weekly worship of Glenn Memorial UMC.
Steven Darsey holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and School of Music. He studied musicology at Cambridge, conducting at the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, and has prepared choirs for Sir David Willcocks and Robert Shaw. His book, The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: Music and Worship, has been published to critical notice. Active as a composer, he has set to music poetry of Georgians Byron Herbert Reece and Sidney Lanier, including “Song of the Chattahoochee” and his oratorio setting of “The Marshes of Glynn.” A lifetime church musician, he has since 1986 been Music Director of the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church.