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Monumental Moments

I should like to see all the arts, especially music, used in the service of the One who gave and made them.

Martin Luther, 1534

"Women’s Christmas"

On this traditional date of Epiphany, 'Nollaig na mBan' ("Little Christmas") marks an Irish tradition which offers women a time apart from duties of hearth and home to celebrate and reflect on the New Year. Co-sponsored by the VWU Women's and Gender Studies and the Women's Resource Center.

When: January 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Monumental Chapel

"An Evening of Bach

When: February 20, 2017 at 7:00pm
Where: Monumental Chapel

As a church musician, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) performed a sacred cantata every Sunday as part of the service which combined scripture, poetry, and a chorale (‘hymn’).  For this performance, all present will become the “choir and congregation” to sing the chorale!

Dr. Bryson Mortensen conducts.  The Wren Masters, the faculty Baroque quartet of the College of William and Mary, perform several of Bach’s instrumental works and serve as collaborative artists for the cantatas.  Ruth van Baak Griffioen, recorder; Susan Via, violin; Sarah Gentry Glosson, baroque cello; Thomas Marshall, harpsichord.

"Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke," BWV 84
“I Am Content in My Own Good Fortune” based on 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:5 and Matthew 20:1-16 (the parable of the workers in the vineyard).
Joy Vernon VWU ‘17, soprano

“Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht, BWV 55
“I Wretched Man, a Servant to Sin” based on Philippians 1:3-11 and Matthew 18:23-35 (the parable of the unforgiving servant).
Ajee Church VWU ’16, tenor