Power and Glory of God Through Music Concert Series
Presents the 2020 concert:
5:30PM, Saturday Evening, February 22, 2020
First Methodist Church of Orlando.
142 E Jackson St, Orlando, FL 32801
About the Program
The music program that is to be presented on February 22 is part 3 in the second chapter of the "Power and Glory of God Through Music" concert series. In 2019, this chapter continued with the concert "Christ Our Song" and concludes here with "Worthy is the Lamb!" The final part of this chapter focuses on the Savior of the world; the Son of God who came down to give His life to save us. Worthy is the Lamb! Together with several other churches in the area, we are bringing to our audience a grand program of sacred, uplifting, and awe-inspiring music featuring a combined mass choir, orchestra, and organ.
We are constantly bombarded with news of bad things happening; on the local level, on the national level, on the global level. Music offers a break from that. Specifically, this music program exists for two reasons: to return a musical offering to the Lord, and to provide a brief respite from the constant bombardment of bad things in the world around us.
It may be noticed that there are no holidays near the program date. This is by design. The goal is to provide a musical oasis, no matter how brief, without the emotional ties to a holiday or event. The program is altruistic in nature; it exists because music and musical opportunities are good as well as fun.
Parking in the seven-floor Seaside parking garage will be free of charge from 3PM - 7:30PM on the night of the concert. Be sure to leave by 7:30PM, as the gates to the garage will lock at that time! Monday through Saturday, on-street parking is metered and enforced by the City of Orlando.
Bill served the First United Methodist Church of Orlando for 23 years as Director of Music and Worship Arts. There he administered a program of 14 ensembles and annually directed two concerts with full orchestra. Prior to Orlando, Bill held similar positions with churches in Fort Myers, FL; Wood River, IL; and Sioux Falls, SD. He holds degrees from Millikin University (BME) and the University of Illinois (MM). Previously, Bill served The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts as national president and vice-president, as well as president of the Florida chapter.
Mack WilbergMack Wilberg is a composer, arranger, conductor, choral clinician and the current music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His compositions and arrangements are performed and recorded by choral organizations throughout the world. In addition to the many compositions he has written for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, his works have been performed by such artists as Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, the King’s Singers, narrators Walter Cronkite and Claire Bloom.
- Be Still, My Soul
- Love Divine All Loves Excelling
John RutterJohn Rutter is a conductor, record producer, and prolific composer of primarily choral works. Some of his best known and internationally acclaimed works include "Gloria", "Requiem", and "Magnificat". In 1981, Rutter founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, which he conducts and with which he has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire (including his own works), particularly under his own label Collegium Records. He resides at Duxford in Cambridgeshire and frequently conducts many choirs and orchestras around the world.
- All Things Bright and Beautiful
Dan ForrestDan Forrest has been described as having "an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical" (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as "magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture" (Classical Voice), and “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). In the last decade, Dan’s music has become well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and abroad. Dan’s music has received dozens of awards and distinctions, with premieres in major venues around the world. Dan is active as a composer, educator, and pianist.
- How Great Thou Art
- The Church"s One Foundation
Ēriks EšenvaldsĒriks Ešenvalds is one of the most sought-after composers working today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard on every continent. After study at the Latvian Baptist Theological Seminary and the Latvian Academy of Music, he was a member of the State Choir Latvija. In 2011 he was awarded the two-year position of Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Ēriks has won multiple awards for his work and undertakes many international residencies working on his music and lecturing.
- Trinity Te Deum
Joseph HaydnJoseph Haydn was an Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio. His contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet". Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". He was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a tutor of Beethoven, and the older brother of composer Michael Haydn.
- The Heavens Are Telling
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsRalph Vaughan Williams composed his first work at the age of six and learned the piano, organ and violin as a child. In 1897 went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, to read history and music. He returned to the college in 1889 as a pupil of Stanford and began his lifelong friendship with another student, Gustav Holst. They shared a determination to be 'English composers' and candidly dissected each other's efforts to find an individual style while at the same time encouraging each other. Williams' musical creed was that 'every composer cannot expect to have a worldwide message, but he may reasonable expect to have a special message for his own people'.
- All People That on Earth Do Dwell
George Frideric HandelThe first basis of Handel’s style was the north German music of his childhood, but it was soon completely overlaid by the Italian style that he acquired in early adulthood during his travels in Italy. When Italian operas fell out of fashion, he started composing oratorios, including his most famous, Messiah. During his lifetime, Handel composed nearly 30 oratorios and close to 50 operas. He was also a prolific writer of orchestral pieces and concerti grossi. He is said to have made significant contributions to all of the musical genres of his generation.
- Worthy is the Lamb, from Messiah