Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 28, 2013


First time special musical observation of Good Friday

Experience John Stainer’s “The Crucifixion” sung by the combined choirs of three Andover churches. In their first collaboration the choirs of South Church, West Parish Church and Christ Church will sing this glorious oratorio composed by Stainer.

Laura Weiss, minister of music at South Church will be directing while Barbara Bruns, minister of music at Christ Church, will be guest organist. James Giessler, lyric tenor, and Matthew Wight, bass, will be guest soloists and will add the extra depth of their professional voices to the choirs which are already locally known for their musicality. Giessler and Wight both have extensive experience in sacred, choir and opera music performance. Throughout the service Stainer’s work will be enhanced with the use of multimedia art.

Stainer composed “The Crucifixion” in 1888 during the time that he held the prestigious position of organist at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. It is his most well known work and includes several hymn tunes which continue to be sung today with “God so Loved the World” likely being the most recognized, according to organizers.

The public is invited to join in this musical experience. The service will be Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at South Church, 41 Central St. in Andover. A voluntary goodwill offering will be accepted following the service.

Holy Week services at Faith Lutheran

On Holy Thursday, March 28, Faith Lutheran Church on South Main Street will hold a noontime worship service, followed by a light lunch. At the 7 p.m. worship service, which will feature special music from the Faith Festival Choir, the Ringers of Faith bell choir and a flute soloist, the altar will be stripped of its hangings as Jesus was deprived of honor and dignity before his crucifixion.

On Good Friday, March 29, Christ’s death will be remembered at a noontime service that will be followed by a light lunch. The seven last words of Jesus will be recalled at an evening Tenebrae service at 7 with special music from the Faith Festival Choir, the Junior Handbell Choir and a flute soloist.

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