GSL Music in May: Sundays 5:30 to 6 p.m. Music in May recitals feature music for bassoon, flute, and guitar by guest instrumentalists who have been serving at our Sunday 5:30 p.m. service. Videos of each offering will be posted below, on Facebook, on our YouTube channel, and on www.gracestlukes.org/events/music-in-may. Spread the word and tune in.
Grace-St. Luke’s glorious music program is a treasured part of the worship experience for many parishioners and the Memphis region. The Grace-St. Luke's Choir provides vocal leadership during the 10:30 Eucharist -- supporting the congregation in traditional hymns and offering inspiring sacred pieces that range from classical chorales to traditional spirituals. Click the play button on the picture below to hear the Choir and view a slide show of Grace-St. Luke's music.
Two children's choirs also rehearse during the academic year and offer their song at occasional 10:30 services. And guest musicians -- from vocalists to string, brass, and wind ensembles -- frequently join the choir during the 10:30 service. In addition, highly anticipated performances, both religious and secular, take place throughout the year. The inspiring majesty of our music draws and feeds many in our parish. Explore our additional music links: Adult Choirs; Children's Choirs; and Friends of Music Fund.
Grace-St. Luke's is blessed to have two fine organs - one in the chancel (Schantz, 2000, Opus 2175, 3 manuals, 45 stops, 58 ranks, specifications) and an antiphonal one in the balcony (Nichols & Simpson, 2017, 2 manuals, 11 stops, 13 ranks, specifications). They are wonderful contributions to the worship life of the parish, chapel for Grace-St. Luke's School, and for a host of musical programs offered for the community. Music at Grace-St. Luke's and the exquisite architecture, including the altar, windows, and wood, are enriched in unimaginable ways by these instruments made possible to the glory of God. For more information, contact Director of Music and Organist Patrick Scott (pscott [at] gracestlukes [dot] org).
Belvedere Chamber Music Festival (BCMF) is produced by Luna Nova Music and is hosted annually by Grace-St. Luke's. The mission of the festival is to perform masterpieces of 20th century music as well as new works by emerging composers. In addition to performances, the festival offers educational opportunities for young composers and performers through lectures, masterclasses, and private instruction. To celebrate Grace-St. Luke's Tiffany Windows, Luna Nova Music commissioned five composers to write new works inspired by these beautiful treasures. These were premiered during the BCMF 2010 Festival. Links to the performances are below.
John Baur, Tiffany Annuciation (flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello, piano)
James Carlson, Ascension (organ)
Andrew Drannon, Ascension Syndrome (organ)
Robert Patterson, Windows for Children (violin, horn, clarinet, bassoon, organ, singers)
Mark Volker, Sculpted Light (flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, and cello)