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Handel cantata for St. Cecilia to be performed

Emory Report | Feb. 25, 2016

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Composed of volunteers and professionals, the Glenn Chancel Choir will perform "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day" commemorating the patron saint of music.

“Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day,” a cantata by George Frederic Handel, will be performed on Sunday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Glenn Memorial Sanctuary.

The Chancel Choir of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church presents the performance featuring soloists Wanda Yang Temko, soprano, and Cullen Gandy, tenor.

Steven Darsey, music director of the Glenn Memorial UMC, will conduct. The Chancel Choir will be accompanied by a professional orchestra, with Glenn Organist Laureate Timothy Albrecht playing continuo. Albrecht is also Emory University Organist.

The cantata commemorates St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Handel set to his music John Dryden’s 1687 poem, “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day.”

"In his Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day, Handel stretched his prodigious genius to explore the transformative power and beauty of music," says Darsey. "The work appropriately honors the patron saint of music. Handel displays the integral role of music in creation with melodies and harmonies that search the cosmos and move the human heart. Through arresting instrumental passages, virtuosic solos, and majestic choruses, listeners will travel a wondrous musical universe, piloted by the artful singing of the Glenn Chancel Choir."

The one hour concert is free; an offering will be taken.

For more information, contact Nancy Buckhannan at 404-272-2051.