The Music at Memorial steering committee is pleased to present the schedule of concerts for the 2018-2019 season. They are excited to offer music of the highest artistic quality, music that contains a message that is relevant to our listeners, and music that is approachable and available to the widest possible audience. Our “Music of Peace and Hope” season opens in October with Embellish, one of Michigan’s finest handbell ensembles. In November, the series continues with choral music by Bernstein and Duruflé. Next spring a March afternoon is devoted to the sublime music of Bach, with two of his sacred cantatas. The Langsford Men’s Chorus comes to our sanctuary to offer a delightful concert in April, and then the season wraps up with a special return performance by the cello and piano team Wei Yu and Keun-A Lee. All this, plus our popular Christmas Story and Tasty Treats concerts! Mark your calendars now and be sure not to miss any of these beautiful musical experiences!
Tickets for each of the concerts are available in advance at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church reception desk and online at eventgroove.com. Tickets are not required for the December 23 Christmas Story concert or the April 18 and May 19 services.
Admission to each concert is $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
2018-2019 Season: Music of Peace and Hope
Embellish Handbell Choir: October 21, 2018, 3:00 pm
Embellish is the premier handbell ensemble of the West Michigan area. Under the direction of Stephanie Wiltse, the 16 member group plays a wide variety of selections including original compositions, arrangements of classical works, and even a little Dixie and pop music! You won’t want to miss their entertaining concert of music for bells. Buy tickets online HERE
Duruflé and Bernstein: November 11, 2018, 3:00 pm
The French organist Maurice Duruflé completed his gorgeous Requiem in 1948. Contemporary audiences heard the piece as a memorial to the victims of World War II. Leonard Bernstein (born 100 years ago) composed the Chichester Psalms in 1965. A hymn to world peace, it concludes with the words “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.” Buy tickets online HERE
The Christmas Story: Sunday, December 23, 2018, 5:00 pm
Our annual Christmas Story concert includes a unique musical account of Jesus’ birth, presented in the beauty of the candlelit, decorated sanctuary. The program of seasonal music includes familiar carols sung by the choir and the audience. As our gift to the community, this concert is presented without admission charge.
Tasty Treats: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 3:00 pm
Memorial Church’s talented choir section leaders offer an enjoyable afternoon of treats for the ears and the taste buds, featuring the second set of Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with Marilyn and James Biery at the piano.
The Peace and Hope of Bach; Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00 pm
The message of peace and hope in the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach is as relevant today as it was when these masterpieces were first sung nearly 300 years ago. The program includes Cantata 12, “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen,” and Cantata 106, “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit” (“God’s Time Is Best”).
Langsford Men’s Chorus: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3:00 pm
The Langsford Men’s Chorus was formed by alumni of the Wayne State University Men’s Glee Club in 1999, and has grown into one of the area’s premiere choral ensembles. They are dedicated to performing and promoting the art of men’s singing, and will present a thrilling and enjoyable program.
Keun-A Lee and Wei Yu: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:30 pm
The season concludes with an evening of music played by husband and wife musicians Wei Yu and Keun-A Lee. Returning to our series by popular demand, they will present a delightful concert featuring their virtuosic musicality and engaging personalities. Wei Yu is principal cellist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.