As of the nineteenth century, the string quartet has been regarded as the supreme form of chamber music. Beginning with Beethoven, composers wrote string quartets to give expression to their most intimate and powerful personal feelings. This program features two great string quartets written by Beethoven and Shostakovich in the prime of their careers, and a brilliant work written by Calgary Philharmonic violist Arthur Bachmann.
On Saturday, April 14, One Voice Chorus will present Out Loud!, a concert that celebrates love, community, and strength. With music like David McIntyre’s “Myself” and Bernice Johnson Reagon’s “We are the Ones We Been Waiting For”, we celebrate the personal and community strength of those who find their own voices.
The King’s Own Calgary Regiment Band, under the leadership of Captain Natasha Mellish, returns to St. Stephen’s again this year, on April 14th after an extremely successful concert last year. You have enjoyed their music as the King’s Own Regiment marches to St. Stephen’s for St. George’s Day. Come and support this 35 member military band who will entertain you with band music new and old. Entrance to this excellent concert is by donation to the Veteran’s Food Bank or the Military Family support Services.
Music is the great liberator. It cuts across all boundaries—social, economic, race, age—as people gather to celebrate the common of bond of being, simply, music lovers … which is to say, humans!
But the rising cost of ticket prices for live shows, the content monopoly of commercial radio stations, and the rarefication of successful musical personalities—all these conspire to place music at a distance from where it belongs, that is, with the people!
Thankfully, in the modern age, the internet delivers to our ears new music from an almost infinite variety of sources, and house concerts bring musicians into our living rooms … literally.
On Friday, May 11, St. Stephen’s is offering our own house concert, “Live, at Steve’s Place”, featuring local musicians, home-baked desserts, coffee and tea creations, and a great opportunity to gather with friends.
Ticket sales will support the work of NeST, our refugee resettlement committee, and specifically, the Al Jbawi family, as we come to the end of the year of their sponsorship.
Among the performers will be our rector, Brian Pearson, who is launching his new album, “Let the Dogs Run Free”, and Laurie Johnston, a local singer.
Tickets will go on sale next week at church, on our web site, and through our Facebook page. So watch for details and plan to hang with the homies, live, at Steve’s. The people’s music: Keeping it real … and bringing it home.
The “Open Doors II” Task Force is busy preparing its first full report to the congregation and looking forward to sharing its work and its early recommendations.
Continuing the work of “Open Doors”, which coordinated our renovations of 2013, the Task Force was struck last year by the Corporation to explore the possibilities for redeveloping our Memorial Hall, Rectory, Centre Block and surrounding properties. This work is necessary because all three ageing buildings are in dire need of attention. But rather than simply do expensive repairs, it is good stewardship to ask if these buildings, plus our church grounds, can be put to better use than they are presently.
Broadly, we are asking how our buildings and grounds can be redeveloped to fund the ministry and mission of our church, meaning, both the programs we run for our own members and the outreach we carry out in the community. More specifically, might there be partners from the wider community who would be able to help us develop our buildings and property toward this end?
The Task Force has been meeting since the fall, consulting with many current and potential stakeholders, and it is now eager to share its initial findings with you, the congregation. On Sunday, April 29, at 12 noon, please join us for an information session in the church. A full written report will be available, and a presentation will be made about progress thus far. Please bring your interest, your concerns, and your questions. The future beckons!