Come join the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church choir for “And On Earth, Peace”—a concert focused on this deeper meaning of the Christmas season. The half-hour performance, directed by David Bell, will take place between Christmas services at the newly renovated church, located at 1280 Vine Street in Denver.
The enduring message of the winter holidays—no matter the tradition—is one of peace and good will. The St. Barnabas choir concert reflects on this much-needed message of peace and love through music from the Christian tradition, ranging from arrangements of Renaissance carols to modern settings of familiar lyrics, such as those of poet Christina Rosetti.
The program’s centerpiece is a stunning work by American composer Kurt Knecht, called “A Prayer for Peace.” Based on a text by Rabbi Nathan of Breslov, this piece provides an impassioned exhortation for peace on earth, punctuated by one simple phrase from Isaiah 2:4, “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation.”
The full program includes:
Of a Rose, a lovely Rose - John Rutter
Before the Marvel of This Night - Carl Schalk
Gaudete! - Mark Burrows
Suddenly there was with the angels - Melchior Vulpius (arranged by Jim Stanley)
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear - Paul Halley
A Prayer for Peace - Kurt Knecht
Love Came Down at Christmas - David von Kampen
We hope you will join us!
Childcare for young children will be available upstairs in the Nursery during the concert.