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posted Mar 9, 2012, 9:50 AM by Steven Vaughan

Sitting quietly in a concert can provide yet another opportunity to pray and reflect as we listen, so I invite you to consider the following in your Lenten Journey:

For a progressive alternative from the traditional, Music at First is a monthly new concert series at Brooklyn Heights’ First Presbyterian Church.  This Friday, March 16th at 7:30 PM is the song cycle Last Words from Texas, setting to music the last statements of executed offenders put to death by that state.

On both Sunday, March 18th and March 25th, New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral gives a free 30-minute organ recital at 4:45 PM, with organists Hervé Duteil the first Sunday and Nicole Keller the latter.

Internationally renowned concert organist Gail Archer celebrates the distinctive voice of 20th and 21st century American organ music in An American Idyll on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM in Chelsea’s Church of St. Francis Xavier.  And three nights later, Monday, March 26th, at the same time, I’ll be in the audience at Brooklyn’s church of the same name for The Passion in Art and Music; an illustrated presentation by Dr. Francis Greene of St. Francis College with the Saint Francis Xavier Choir.

On Friday, March 30th at 7:30 PM in Staten Island, St. Rita’s presents A Lenten Choral Meditation by the Choir of Communion and Liberation, whose repertoire extends from Gregorian chant to the 20th century.  Chosen to sing for Pope Benedict XVI at St. Joseph’s Seminary, they sing each year for the Way of the Cross over the Brooklyn Bridge on Good Friday.

And on Palm Sunday, April 1st at 3:00 PM, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is offering a free concert in their main sanctuary.  This 280-voice choir, of mostly untrained singers, has numerous recordings and has won six Grammy Awards!  The recognition they’ve received has provided them with a wide open door for ministry in presenting the gospel message through music to people all over the world.

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