Saturday, March 28, 2009


From Curtis Bryant:

I just wanted to remind you about the upcoming premiere of the full program of REDEEMER EVENING PRAYER – A LENTEN VESPERS on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 PM at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia.

The April 1 service will include all of the music I wrote for the Redeemer Lutheran portion of the Atlanta Faith Partners Residency sponsored by the American Composers Forum. Included in the service are eight new compositions running approximately 25 minutes: an organ Prelude, Hymn of Light (Phos Hilaron), Thanksgiving for Light, Psalm 121 (I Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills), Canticle of Mary (Magnificat), Canticle of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis), both with respective Glorias, and Postlude: Fugue and Toccata on FA-SOL-LA-RE. I collaborated with three Atlanta poets, Marcia King, William Allen, and Doug Cumming (who is on the faculty at Washington and Lee University) for the creation of the above choral settings.

Here is some additional information that will be included in the program notes:

Redeemer Evening Prayer – A Lenten Vespers was composed for the 2009 Lenten services of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer as part of the American Composers Forum Faith Partners Residency Program in collaboration with choir director David Hansen and organist Sarah Hawbecker. Employing numerous early Christian literary sources, including the Phos Hilaron, Magnificat, and Nunc Dimittis, as well as a Psalm traditional to these services (No. 121), Bryant sought out the talents of several Atlanta writers to create poetic settings suitable for musical treatment. Particular attention was given to the inclusion of responsorial verses as practiced in the Lutheran tradition. One of the principal musical motifs connecting many of the compositions within this service is the recurrence of the notes F-G-A-D (Fa-Sol-La-Re) which coincidentally suggest the opening lines of the Greek “Hymn of Light” (Phos Hilaron). Bryant composed the organ prelude and postlude using themes from these choral settings to create a sense of thematic unity and to showcase the Létourneau organ at Redeemer Lutheran.

Faith Partners is an ecumenical program designed by the American Composers Forum that enables religious institutions to select a composer to create original musical works appropriate for use in the worship services of participating congregations. Other consortium members are Cathedral of Christ the King and First Presbyterian Church. Bryant is currently working on liturgical compositions for these congregations as well.

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