|This observance of a traditional Christian feast day is honored with references to many faiths around the world, from the Paleolithic to the present, in the sonnets selected for the occasion, embraced by music from Elizabethan times when the English sonnet was was defined by Shakespeare, the Quadricentennial of whose death we also mark. Scroll down for tickets.|
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with the reminder to visit André's to treat your Valentine to the finest chocolates prepared in the great Swiss tradition.
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The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council
Whatever your tradition or none, you are invited to bring candles to be blessed this evening celebrating the love of light in all religions. CANDLEMAS is the traditional day in the Christian calendar when the candles to be used in the next twelve months by the church are blessed.
For more information about Candlemas in Christianity, click here.
This evening of light, music, and poetry is hosted at
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral with on-site parking
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Beau Bledsoe performs and records with some of the greatest artists in Tango, Flamenco and classical music as he seeks to integrate different musical cultures with diverse audiences. Beau has performed in almost every state in the United States. In addition, Beau has toured extensively in Mexico, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia. Kansas Citians know him as a soloist and through groups like Bach Aria Soloists, Owen/Cox Dance Group, and the Kansas City Ballet.
More at http://www.beaubledsoe.com/
Matt Schwader relocated to Kansas City, MO in February 2016, having previously lived and worked as an actor, voice over talent, director, teacher, and acting coach in Chicago since 1990. This past January, he taught a Shakespeare Workshop in Seattle and served as the verse coach for a production there of Romeo and Juliet. Immersed in Shakespeare, he has played from Stratford-upon-Avon to Mozambique, and performed in contemporary drama as well.
More at http://www.mattschwader.com/
The Sacred Arts Chorale
Dr. Rebecca Johnson, director of the
Sacred Arts Chorale, is also the director of the Institute for Sacred Arts
at the Central Baptist Theological Seminary, conductor of the Metropolitan
Chorale of Kansas City, and coordinator of the music department at Metropolitan
Community College Blue River in Independence. She is a past president of
the Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild.
One of the Kansas City area’s finest
sacred music performance groups, the Sacred Arts Chorale has performed
by invitation in a wide range of local venues, including area arts, cultural,
sports, and ecclesial organizations. The Sacred Arts Chorale is composed
of singers with the skills, dedication, and training necessary for performing
vocally demanding sacred music with excellence, inspiration, and appeal.
The Chorale draws from students at Central Baptist Theological Seminary
and from men and women in the greater Kansas City region.
SACRED ARTS CHORALE
Soprano: Courtney Koval, Jennifer
White, Kimberly Wilkinson
The book of sonnets and commentary
draws on almost every religion you may have ever heard of -- Vern is a
scholar of world religions, the founder of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith
Council, and for 18 years the weekly "Faith and Beliefs" columnist for
The Kansas City Star -- with the sonnets arranged by parts of the Mass,
even when they highlight themes from other faiths.
Although this performance of music
and poetry draws from many faiths, it is occasioned by the Christian liturgical
calendar. Candlemas is the Feast of the Presentation, when Mary and Joseph
took Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. The window at the front of the nave
on the south side of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral commemorates this
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
Lord, you now have set your servant free *And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
--Luke 2:22-35The indented portion is the Song of Simeon, Nunc Dimittis, and when used liturgically in the Book of Common Prayer, is followed by
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
2017 January 28
CLASSICAL MUSIC & DANCE
The Kansas City Star
Pagan holidays, like the Celtic Imbolc and the Roman Lupercalia, were appropriated by the Roman Catholic Church, baptized and transformed into Candlemas, which is celebrated Feb. 2, exactly 40 days after Christmas.
“Candlemas in Light, Music & Poetry” at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral will celebrate this ancient Christmas holiday with music by English Renaissance composer William Byrd performed by the Sacred Arts Chorale conducted by Rebecca Johnson. Lutenist Beau Bledsoe will also perform, and Vern Barnet’s sonnets will be read by actor Matt Schwader.
Barnet, a beloved local interfaith leader and founder of the Center for Religious Experience and Study, has written 154 sonnets in imitation of those by William Shakespeare. Deeply influenced by Barnet’s immersion in the world’s religions and wisdom traditions, the poems will add to the sacred atmosphere of the evening.
“Light is a spiritual metaphor in many of my sonnets,” Barnet said. “ ‘Wound Wick,’ for example, uses the burning of a candle to explore the illumination when passionate lovers find God in each other.”
The feast of Candlemas, which originated in the fourth century, commemorates Mary’s ritual purification after the birth of Christ. The story, recounted in the gospel of Luke, is also the source of the popular “Nunc Dimittis,” Simeon’s canticle of praise when Joseph and Mary presented Jesus in the temple.
“Now you may dismiss your servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace.”
“Candlemas in Light, Music & Poetry” is not strictly Christian, however, but draws on the traditions and customs of many religions.
“This is an interfaith celebration of light, music and poetry, using a Jewish menorah and a Hindu oil lamp, incense from Mount Hiei’s famous Enryaku-ji Buddhist temple and an American Indian drum,” Barnet said. “A Qur’an will be opened to the place where Allah is named ‘the Light,’ and waters from 13 world religions represented here in Kansas City, collected on the first anniversary of 9/11 to embody our tears of grief and joy, will be used to bless those in attendance.”
People are also invited to bring candles to be blessed and the cathedral itself will be bathed in candlelight. Complimentary chocolate truffles from André’s Confiserie Suisse will be given out to provide a sweet coda to the evening.
7 p.m. Feb. 2. Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th St. $10. cres.org/Candlemas.
Short Interview with Vern
Why did you select Candlemas as a time to share
How did the idea for the evening develop?