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 (1483-1546)


“Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats”

When: Sunday, September 24 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Great Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake.

With a nod to Michael Cunningham’s book “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” singers Norma Bass, Cassandra Howard, Joy Vernon VWU ’17, and Patrice Glover VWU ’18, perform classic spirituals interspersed with readings selected from Cunningham’s first-person accounts.
Co-sponsored with the Great Bridge Presbyterian Candlelight Concert Series

“Reforming!” – a Hymn Festival

When: Sunday, October 1 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal, 560 W. Olney Road, Norfolk

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Just as the rumblings of reform bubbled through Europe long before, the echoes of a transforming Church continue to this day.  Join in a hearty afternoon of singing hymns of the Christian faith led by chapter organists Geoffrey Bell, VWC’09 (Hidenwood Presbyterian-Newport News), Dr. Stephen Cook (First Presbyterian-Norfolk), Kevin Kwan (Christ & St. Luke’s-Norfolk), Bradley Norris (St. Andrew’s Episcopal-Newport News), and Marjorie Setnicky (Christ & St. Luke’s).
Co-sponsored with the American Organists Guild-Tidewater Chapter

Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, Indian dance

When: Thursday, November 9 – 11 a.m.
Hofheimer Theater

A consummate artist and accomplished choreographer and teacher, Cantu is Director of the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville.  She performs an ancient classical dance of India, the Bharatha Natyam, codified interpretations of prayers from Hindu’s Vedic scriptures considered one of the oldest art forms. (FREE)

“An Evening of Bach”

When: Monday, March 5 – 7:00 p.m.
Monumental Chapel – VWU

As church musician, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) performed a sacred cantata every Sunday as part of the service, combining scripture, poetry, and a chorale (hymn).  For this performance, all present will become the ‘congregation’ to sing the chorales.  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; joined by Jennifer Edenborn, baroque violin; Jennifer Myer, baroque viola; Allison Smith, baroque oboe; and Keith Griffioen, baroque horn.

Billye Brown Youmans, soprano; Doug Lynch, tenor; and Bryson Mortensen, baritone, will perform “Ich geh’ und suche mit Verlangen,” BWV 49, “I Go and Seek with Longing,” based on Ephesians 5:15-21 and Matthew 22:11-14 (parable of the marriage of the King’s son); and “Herr, wie du willt, so schick’s mit mir,” BWV 73, “Lord, as Thou Wilt, So Send to Me,” based on Romans 12:17-21 and Matthew 8:1-13 (Jesus heals the leper), joined by the Wesleyan Chorale.