Concert for Peace and Joy: Wayne Oratorio Society Presents Beethoven, Jenkins

Tim EversTim Evers: Director of Music at the church, Director of Music at the Wayne Presbyterian Church.

WAYNE, PA — An important musical event by the Wayne Oratorio Society will be presented on April 2 and 3, at 7:30 PM at the Wayne Presbyterian Church, Lancaster & North Wayne Avenues, Wayne, Pennsylvania. The program opens with The Peacemakers, by Karl Jenkins, concluding with Ode to Joy, the final choral movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,

The concert will be presented in the Sanctuary with Tim Evers, Director of Music at the church, conducting the 100 singers of the Wayne Oratorio Society, a 45-piece orchestra, and professional soloists.

“This is a unique pairing of a twenty-first century work by a living composer with one of the greatest symphonic movements ever created,” says Evers. “Both works in the program carry the eternal message of living as one humanity, moving from diversity into oneness as people everywhere,” Evers says.

The Peacemakers, by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, reflects his concept to bring together eclectic “messengers of peace, figures that have changed the world,” using the words of Gandhi, Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and Anne Frank, in addition to words attributed to Jesus Christ, the Qur’an, and Judaism.

The triumphant final choral movement to the Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, is based on Friedrich Schiller’s poem, “Ode to Joy,” that has become a worldwide anthem of freedom and peace. It musically depicts the composer’s “great vision of the future when all men become brothers.”

Soloists for the performance are: Melanie Sarakatsannis, soprano; David Price, tenor; Kerry Ann Erickson-Felps, contralto, and Mark Hightower, bass.

The concert is non-ticketed, and open to the public, with a free-will offering. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Masks are optional.

The Wayne Oratorio Society has been a part of the ministry of Wayne Presbyterian Church for nearly 75 years. It was commended for its “overwhelming positive performance” of Verdi’s Requiem at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  It has been cited as “an important arts organization and ministry. “We need more like you across the United States,” said Randy Edwards, founder and president of YourthCue2017, a partner of the National Cathedral.

Parking, and travel via SEPTA
Wayne Presbyterian Church is located in downtown Wayne at 125 East Lancaster Avenue, at the northeast the corner of Lancaster and North Wayne Avenues. The church is adjacent to the SEPTA Wayne station stop, with free parking in the surrounding area. There is an entrance to the church from the parking areas, located behind the church, off North Wayne Avenue, or from the front church entrance on Lancaster Avenue.

For further information and to hear previous performances by the Wayne Oratorio Society, visit www.waynepres.orghttps://www.youtube.com/c/WaynePresbyterianChurch, https://wayneoratoriosociety.bandcamp.com/.

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