“The program will feature the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves Chancel Choir with past and present young artists from the St. Louis Bach Society Chorus; chamber orchestra; and storytelling by Rev. Cliff Aerie and Rev. Jan Barnes with Rev. Geoffrey Black, narrator. The concert is open to the public. A free-will offering will be received to benefit Magdalene St. Louis.
The Cry of Jeremiah is a four-movement work based textually on the 20th chapter of Jeremiah . The prophet Jeremiah, having experienced ridicule and imprisonment because of his prophecies, laments his present state. The work is composed by Dr. Rosephanye Powell – an African-American woman who is hailed as one of America’s premier composers of choral music.
Musically, The Cry of Jeremiah is influenced by a wide array of musical genres – classical counterpoint and jazz harmonies and rhythmic vitality in the opening movement; African-influenced, percussive vocalization with an underlay of African drums and exotic orchestral colors in the second movement; harmonic dissonance and tension in the third movement; and the Gospel refrain building to a glorious finale in the final movement.
Scripture, poems and stories portraying perseverance through adversity will complement the Jeremiah text and other choral settings. A potter will create in real time throughout the event. The program will conclude with Rosephanye Powell’s majestic musical expression of Maya Angelou’s inspiring poem – Still I Rise.”