The Stambaugh Chorus Spring

“Life Song”

St. John Episcopal Church
323 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio

June 8, 2008 at 7 PM

From our Director, Don Megahan‘s Program notes:

Life – a most precious gift… and we are given but one.

This evening’s concert, Lifesong, celebrates our journey in life from the beginning to our end, and in song. Song has been described as organized sound. At our birth, with our first breath, we cry. Our first sound in crying, which has pitch, is the start of our own life song. We begin tonight with Willy Richter’s dramatic composition, The Creation, the text from the first verses of scripture from Genesis.

In this short life, we want for really only one thing – to love and to be loved. Quoting words of poet Robert Burns, American composer James Mulholland wrote the exquisite piece A Red, Red Rose.

And finally in our end, we offer Requiem by French organist and composer Gabriel Fauré. Unlike many other settings of the Requiem, taken from the Roman Catholic liturgy of the Mass of the Dead, Fauré’s is one of intimacy and serenity. It focuses more on peace and redemption rather than that of wrath and judgment. Fauré said of his work, “They say that my Requiem does not express the terror of death; someone has called it a lullaby of death. But that is how I see death: as a happy deliverance, as a yearning for the joy that lies beyond, rather than as a sorrowful passing.”
Lifesong – our musical expression of the walk in life from our birth, our yearning to love, through our end in death. We hope that our program inspires you to more fully celebrate your life song.

Choral works will include the Fauré Requiem and Willy Richter’s The Creation.
The chorus under the direction of Don Megahan will be accompanied by Kathryn Davison Miller on organ.

Solos by Staughton Lynd, Stephanie Olesko and Jerome Stephens

Advance tickets are buy one get one free  or 2 for $10.
Tickets will be $10 at the door.
Free Admission for all students, University level and younger and all children.

Online reservations are available at this time (CLICK!).
You can also call 330 881 9517.

A reception with refreshments will follow the concert.

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