Special Musical Events 2017 


Out of an abundance of caution and to facilitate a greater number of people to participate in this event, we are postponing the performance until the fall. Check back soon for a rescheduled date.

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A Timely Musical Offering
The First Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank

By Michael Diorio

As 2020 commemorates the 75th-anniversary of the end of World War Two, the choirs of Church of the Redeemer (Bryn Mawr) will perform a work entitled Anneliesby James Whitbourn. This composition is the first adaptation of the diary of Anne Frank in a large-scale choral work. The chamber version of this oratorio is scored for chorus, soprano solo, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. 
Critically acclaimed soprano Arianna Zukerman will be accompanied by the famed Lincoln Trio, all of whom are Grammy nominated musicians. Michael Diorio will lead the choirs of Church of the Redeemer and conduct the performance on saturday, march 21, at 7:30. 
The holocaust was a devastatingly haunting part of history linked not only to the Jewish community but all of humanity. By performing this particular work we hope to connect faith communities and foster a sense of ecumenical resolve and unity. This work stirs an awareness of that which has been endured in the hope that tolerance and understanding will rise from the ashes of hate.
The performance of this work is timely on multiple levels, particularly given our world’s current events that seem to smolder with intolerance, as the brutal attacks on places of worship in the past few months have alarmingly shown. The words and music transcend the boundaries of religious difference, they speak beyond dogma, and form an expression of the divine.
The text is unadorned. The words are simple, originating in a young girl with a most unique optic of her place in the world: what it could be, and the reality of what it was for her.  With her own words, set to song, we hope to bridge generations by the relevance of that narrative.
We hope our church family and surrounding community will be sure to place this very special offering on their calendars and join us in March. 
The Musicians of Annelies
Out of an abundance of caution and to facilitate a greater number of people to participate in this event, we are postponing the performance until the fall. Check back soon for a rescheduled date.
On March 21 at 7:30pm, The Redeemer will have the privilege of welcoming four magnificent musicians into our sanctuary to join our choir in a performance of James Whitbourn’s “Annelies.”  These musicians were featured on the Grammy-nominated recording of “Annelies,” with Dr. James Jordan directing The Williamson Voices of Westminster Choir College.  
Arianna Zukerman jpgArianna Zukerman is renowned for her pure, luminous, rich soprano, persuasive performances and dramatic ability. She is an artist in demand internationally for concert and opera performances and is also an avid chamber musician who regularly collaborates with some of today’s foremost chamber players.  Of her musicianship, The Washington Post says “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make any soprano jealous.” 
A past recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Award, Ms. Zukerman was a member of the Bavarian State Opera’s Junges Ensemble. Ms Zukerman was born in New York City into a musical family. Her father is famed violinist, violist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman. Her mother, Eugenia Zukerman, is a flutist, writer and arts broadcaster.  Ms. Zukerman is the Chair of Voice and Advisor for Vocal Programming at Wintergreen Music in Wintergreen, VA and the Senior Director and  faculty member at the Potomac Vocal Institute in Washington, D.C. She regularly gives master classes around the world.
“Annelies” is meaningful on a deeply personal level to Ms. Zukerman, as her own family was affected by the horrors of the Holocaust; her grandfather survived Auschwitz and her grandmother survived the Lódz Ghetto and, subsequently, a work camp in Berlin. She resides with her family in Greater Washington, DC. We are deeply honored to have Ms. Zukerman with us for this event.
Lincoln Trio jpgThe Lincoln Trio is described by The STRAD magazine as “Sensational” “Bewitching” and “Models of vibrancy and control.” This celebrated  Grammy nominated Chicago-based Lincoln Trio—made up of Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznavoorian, piano—takes its name from their home, the heartland of the United States, the land of Lincoln. The trio, formed in 2003, has been praised for its polished presentations and its ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire. 
The group’s reputation as a first-rate ensemble draws an eclectic audience of sophisticated music lovers, young admirers of contemporary programs and students discovering chamber music for the first time. Boasting world-wide performing experience, each member is an artist of international renown. The trio has performed throughout the United States, including appearances at Carnegie’s Weil Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bryant Park Festival, Ravinia Festival, Green Center, Barge Music, Poisson Rouge, the Indianapolis Symphony Beethoven Chamber Music Series, University of Chicago, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series and in Springfield, Illinois, where the trio was chosen to celebrate the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration with President Barack Obama. 
Staunch proponents of music education, the Lincoln Trio has had residencies at the Music Institute of Chicago as well as San Francisco State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, and SUNY Fredonia and are currently Artists-In-Residence at the MERIT School of Music.  The Lincoln Trio and Ariana Zukerman have performed “Annelies” together many times. We are so fortunate that they will be reunited at The Redeemer for yet another offering of this important composition.  
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James Whitbourn has a compositional output that is admired for its direct connection with performers and audiences worldwide and for its ability to “expand the experience of classical music beyond the edges of the traditional map of classical styles” (Tom Manoff, NPR). Whitbourn is a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford and the Senior Research Fellow of St. Stephen’s House, Oxford, where Michael Diorio had the privilege of studying choral conducting with him at the Oxford Choral Institute. 
As well conducting the BBC Philharmonic, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and other leading orchestras, Whitbourn directs the London-based vocal ensemble The Choir, whose acclaimed DVD recording of John Tavener’s choral music received a Gramophone nomination. He has a close association with the Choir of King’s College Cambridge and late conductor Stephen Cleobury, having produced the BBC broadcasts of Carols from King’s for more than twenty years.  
Mr. Whitbourn is delighted that The Redeemer has taken on the presentation of “Annelies” during this important year of remembrance. Michael Diorio had the chance to spend time with Whitbourn to explain what The Redeemer was hoping to do with this project, and to gain some insight from the composer’s perspective. 
Of his work on this composition Whitbourn says: “Rarely have I found a text so compelling and the inspiration for so much thought, simply as a document in its own right. But as time went on, and as I worked on the score, I became more aware of Anne Frank as a contemporary person. Eventually, I came to meet Bernd (or Buddy, as he’s often known), her cousin, and later one of her school friends, of whom she speaks so often in the diary. These personal family links influenced the kind of piece it was destined to be, and at times it felt as though I were putting together the music for the family’s memorial event. It was to be a commemorative work, not only for Anne Frank, but for those by whose side she lived, those she watched with penetrating eyes, and those voiceless millions who shared her fate.” In the end, though, it is the text itself that is of such strength that it finds a way to leave the indelible mark of that young girl whose wisdom and perception can teach us all.”
Second Sunday Evensongs

By Michael Diorio

This season will feature a new offering for evening worship. Beginning in October, and continuing through the program year, we will hold Choral Evensong at 5pm on the second Sunday of each month. This service will be in addition to our regular Sunday worship schedule, and will feature a rotation of our various choral ensembles at The Redeemer. 
It is our hope that our Evensongs will not only offer a meaningful supplement to our morning services, but will also provide a convenient time for families who are unable to attend the morning service to still experience The Redeemer, amidst our families’ densely scheduled weekends.  
Evensong is part of the Daily Office, the late-day counterpart to Morning Prayer. It is a non-Eucharistic choral service that offers hymnody, psalms, lessons appointed for the evening, choral canticles and anthems.  This service is also ideal for those who would like to experience the fullness of a Sunday liturgical expression without encountering repetition, as the readings and music for Evening prayer are entirely different from those appointed for the morning. 
The Redeemer in the evening is a totally different experience; the church space presages a hallowed experience. The lighting, the spaces, and the stillness of the sanctuary all beckon us to experience a deeper awareness of the sacred.  We hope that you will choose to attend a few or ALL of the following Choral Evensongs. 
These Evensongs are in addition to our services for both All Souls and Lessons & Carols.