Friday, November 04, 2011
Advent Vespers set for December 4
With the celebration of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg’s Tercentenary, this year's Vespers will reflect on the Muhlenberg legacy with music from Muhlenberg’s time, and through the centuries of American music from the colonial era through today.
Music will “begin” with a movement from a cantata of J. S. Bach – Muhlenberg was ordained in Leipzig, where Bach was in charge of the music in five churches. We will also sing two German chorales, one by Paul Gerhardt and the other from the “Halle Hymnal,” the Advent Hymn “Fling Wide the Door, Unbar the Gate.”
The choir will also sing a piece by the Moravian composer Johann C. Geisler (1729-1815), and the beautiful anthem “As the Dark Awaits the Dawn,” with words by Susan Cherwien and music by Carl Schalk – both still living and writing.
Other music from America for the assembly will include the Appalachian tune with “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns,” and Psalm 141 and the Magnificat in Gospel style.
Join us for Advent Vespers in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. Parking is available on the seminary campus- see this page for links to directions to the seminary and campus parking information.