face off in Super Bowl of church music
By Charles Cassady
Published Feb. 7, 2007
last weekend’s Super Bowl Sunday, Super Bowl Pre-show, Super Bowl
Half-Time Show concerts, Super Bowl commercial breaks, post-Super
Bowl commentary and Super Bowl-hangover Monday, how about a Sunday
devoted to religion and spiritual contemplation? Hey, just a thought.
will actually be Mozart vs. Charpentier in the faith playoffs on
Feb. 11 at the Rocky River Presbyterian Church, at 21750 Detroit
Rd., at 4 p.m. The match takes place as part of the church’s Artist
Concert Series. The teams on the playing field, as it were, are
an assortment of classical and sacred-music MVPs.
Chancel Choir of Rocky River Presbyterian Church will be joined
by its counterpart choir from the St. Colombo Cathedral in Youngstown.
“The music director at St. Colombo [Dr. Daniel Laginya] has been
my music teacher for a long time,” said Rocky River music director
the first time the two choral groups got together was just a few
weeks ago, at an ecumenical retreat. Now, this weekend, they will
huddle up together and separately to present two very different
varieties of songs and music of praise.
star of the concert is French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier
(1643-1704), a popular of writer of sacred vocal music. His 24-minute
“Te Deum,” to be performed in its entirety, is possibly his best-known
work. Excerpts have been heard heralding European TV shows, and
the prelude is a popular wedding march here, said Roedig.
piece itself is very stately and noble, and we’ve had to describe
it as from the French nobility – right before they started chopping
off the kings’ heads,” said Roedig.
contrast to the “in your face” quality of “Te Deum,” said Roedig,
is the religious music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). “We’re
going to have a sort of contest between Mozart and his brand of
glory to God. We’re doing some of his Motets, and they’re very soft
and sensitive…the strings are also going to do a Divertimento by
participating in the concert, said Roedig, are the Amethyst String
Quartet, as well as a special VIP guest from an eminent area Baroque
ensemble. “The timpanist is from Apollo’s Fire, a guy named Matt
Bassett. He has quite the quite the experience in this particular
time period,” Roedig said.
Roedig, “It’s going to be a real treat.”
to the Artists Concert Series shows are free to the public, but
goodwill donations are gratefully accepted (imagine what a better
world it would be if the NFL had a similar policy with the Super
Bowl). For more information call the Rocky River Presbyterian Church
at (44) 333-4888 or go online a www.riverpres.org.