This Is Her Story, This Is Her Song by Kenneth Dake, Director of Music
Posted on April 28, 2014 by Ken Dake

What You’ll Hear

This coming Sunday the Marble Choir presents an innovative program of seldom-heard masterpieces by women composers. The concert was originally scheduled as part of a March Women’s History Month celebration, but it is always a good time to recognize the powerfully creative feminine voice in both music and word. True to the choir’s reputation for unparalleled variety, this program runs the emotional gamut, featuring classic works of great drama and emotional power, moments of lighthearted fun, a couple of roof-raising spirituals, and a lot of truly beautiful music throughout!

Reflections from the Organ Bench - April 10, 2014 by Kenneth Dake, Director of Music
Posted on April 10, 2014 by Ken Dake

Triumph and Tragedy: A Musical Journey through Holy Week

Holy Week truly is a journey “through the valley of the shadow of death,” as again we relive Jesus’ final days on earth. Dr. Brown would be quick to remind us, however, that perhaps the most hopeful word in Psalm 23 is the word through. We know that this valley will not be endless, and that waiting for us on the other side is a glorious Easter morning. The ancient story that unfolds this week is neither new nor unfamiliar, but the way in which we experience it can feel new and life-changing. If during this coming week we choose to be fully present with Jesus, Mary, and the disciples in their suffering and grief, embracing the raw emotions of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, then we will experience a far deeper joy, a far greater jubilation when we celebrate His victory over the grave on Easter Sunday. This week’s music can lead us on that deeper journey, probing the recesses of our soul and awakening our spirit to a profound new sense of Jesus’ sacrificial love for us.

Jazz Revelation/Good Friday: A Jazz Funeral for Christ by Dr. Mark King, Executive Minister
Posted on April 10, 2014 by Dr. Mark King

With a strong legacy of exemplary Holy Week worship services, we add a new addition to Marble Collegiate Church’s tradition this year. On Good Friday, April 18, Jazz Revelation will move, for this one service only, to our historic sanctuary for a jazz funeral for Christ. This sacred style was born in New Orleans with a mix of European and African influences that also include remnants from colonial Louisiana and Native American music.