Back by popular demand, the Lakeshore Chorale presents Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia,” or Earth Mass, Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m. The concert, performed to a standing-room-only audience in 2016, is offered as part of the ongoing Music at Memorial series at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
In tribute to Earth Day, the event will include a free-will offering for The Greening of Detroit, which for more than a quarter century has enhanced the quality of life for Detroiters by re-purposing vacant land to create beautiful and productive green spaces.
“We greatly enjoyed sharing this energetic, joyous work with last year’s enthusiastic audience, and are excited to present it again,” said James Biery, artistic director, Music at Memorial, and director of the Lakeshore Chorale. “We are also happy to give concertgoers the opportunity to contribute to the excellent efforts of The Greening of Detroit, bringing even more meaning to the music through highly local impact.”
Written in the early 1980s by the Paul Winter Consort with organist Paul Halley, Missa Gaia combines traditional forms of the mass – such as the Kyrie and Sanctus – with calls of wolves and loons, whale songs and jazz instrumentation. “We are pleased to once more feature the fabulously talented jazz artists Keith Kaminski on soprano sax, and Cliff Monear on piano,” Biery said.
The Lakeshore Chorale was organized in 2015 under the auspices of Music at Memorial. Performances have included choral masterworks by Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi, and Brahms, as well as a 2016 world premiere of a chancel opera by James and Marilyn Biery. The April 23 performance will also include “Beautiful Savior” and music by John Rutter, Kenneth Jennings, Daniel Pinkham, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
General seating for Music at Memorial concerts is $20; and $10 for students with a valid ID. Tickets are available at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church or online at ticketriver.com. Parking is available behind the church at 16 Lakeshore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms. For more information call (313) 882-5330.