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Glenn Chancel Choir performs sacred music of Russia

Emory Report | March 3, 2015

The Chancel Choir and soloists of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church will present sacred music of Russia in a free concert set for 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, in the Glenn Sanctuary.

The Chancel Choir sings a cappella works of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, and Glenn soloists Cynthia Shepherd, Magdalena Wór and Stephen Ozcomert perform art songs of Rachmaninov accompanied by Misha Stefanuk.

The concert, conducted by Music Director Steven Darsey, concludes with the audience singing a Russian hymn accompanied by Glenn Organist Laureate Timothy Albrecht.

"The choral works are drawn principally from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom of the Orthodox Church. The solos, as placed in this concert amid traditional liturgical music, offer commentary on the life of faith from a non-liturgical perspective, even vaunting the irony of celebrating the reign of the Prince of Peace in a world profoundly marked with hatred and violence," organizers note.

"Amid the current situation with Russia and Ukraine, and the concomitant tensions with the West, the Chancel Choir offers this music as a prayer for greater understanding and peace."

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 sanctuary of Glenn Memorial Church. The Chancel Choir also sings for weekly worship of Glenn Memorial UMC.