Welcome to Music at Memorial’s “Songs of the Spirit” concert series for 2016-2017!

The theme this season is “Music of the Angels.” In many faith traditions, angels are messengers from God. Perhaps because of Luke’s account of the angels singing to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus, angels are often associated with song and music, and depicted with harps and other musical instruments.

Part of the Music at Memorial mission is to present music that is not only of the highest artistic quality, but also contains a message that is relevant to our listeners. In a troubled world, we truly believe that great music brings peace and joy.

Please join us for every one of the concerts. Come and be uplifted, inspired, and filled with the joy of the angels!

James Biery, Artistic Director

Tickets for each of the six concerts are available in advance at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church reception desk and online at ticketriver.com

Admission to each concert is $20; students with valid IDs $10.

Season Schedule:

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3:00 pmstephanie shapiro

Angelic Music for Oboe and Organ

Stephanie Shapiro, oboe; Marilyn Biery, organ

Our season opens with the heavenly pairing of oboe and organ. Stephanie held a tenured position with the San Antonio Symphony from 1997-2011, where she was hailed for her “gorgeous phrasing and rich tone.” She currently teaches at Wayne State University and remains busy with other appearances throughout the country.

Click here for online tickets.

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 7:00 pm

Inspiring Music of 1716 & 2016

The Lakeshore Chorale and Orchestra, James Biery, Conductorimg_0704

The Lakeshore Chorale begins the evening with an audience favorite, Vivaldi’s  ebullient Gloria in Excelsis for choir, soloists and orchestra. Then the lights dim for the dramatic world premiere performance of the Bierys’ new chancel opera, The Better Part, a musical portrayal of Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary.  The chancel opera will also be presented as part of Sunday morning worship that day at 9:00 & 11:00.

Click here for online tickets.

Comments from last season’s chancel opera From Doubt to Faith:
“A very moving telling of a familiar story.”
“An amazing score and message!”

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 5:00 pm

The Christmas Story

Choir, Orchestra, and Organ

St. Luke tells us that the angels sang on the night of our Savior’s birth. The Memorial Choir sings music of the angels at the annual Christmas Story concert, which includes our one-of-a-kind musical account of Jesus’ birth, presented in the beauty of the candelit, decorated sanctuary. Don’t miss this joyful program of seasonal music that includes familiar carols sung by the choir and the audience. Purchase tickets early!

Click here for online tickets.
“The program was truly glorious!”

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 3:00 pm

Tasty Treats

The Memorial Church Staff Singers

Memorial Church’s talented choir section leaders offer another fun afternoon of treats for the ears and the palate. Enjoy songs from opera, musical theater, and popular repertoire as well as tasty treats to eat.

“I loved every minute of the performance!”

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 3:00 pm

The Detroit Children’s Choir

Eric Taylor, Conductor and Artistic Manager

The Detroit Children’s Choir uses the power of music education as a cultural platform to unite children of diverse backgrounds. Now completing its 11th season, the DCC has grown from one in-school choir to 13 ensembles. The Advanced Choir serves as the premiere and touring ensemble of the organization, giving performances throughout the Metro Detroit community.

Click here for online tickets.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

Missa Gaia

The Lakeshore Chorale

Returning by popular demand is our Earth Day concert featuring the Earth Mass, originally created by the Paul Winter Consort with organist Paul Halley. First performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City (and still presented there every fall), this musical celebration of the planet Earth features the creativity of jazz musicians and the sounds of wolves, loons, and whale-songs.

Click here for online tickets.

“Beyond wonderful—from start to finish,
I sat there enthralled!”
“Impressive, memorable, vibrant!”


Music and the Arts in Worship: Special Sunday morning musical presentations

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 9:00 and 11:00 am

The Better Part

The dramatic world premiere performances of Jim and Marilyn Biery’s new chancel opera, a musical portrayal of Jesus’ visitto the home of Martha and Mary. Blending the spoken word with the singing of hymns, the morning worship services feature congregational song presented in a variety of ways. Free admission; no tickets required.

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:30 pm

Come experience the premiere of a new musical church drama, Journey to Jerusalem. Combining candlelight, song, drama, prayer, and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the unique service will draw you into the emotion and inspiration of the holiest week of the year.

Good Friday, April 14, 7:30 PM

The Good Friday Tenebrae service commemorates the Passion and death of the Savior with choral music, hymns, and scripture readings. The church gradually darkens during the Service of Shadows, climaxing with the thunder of drums in total darkness.

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 9:00 and 11:00 am

Songs of the Saints and Angels: A Hymn Festival

Blending the spoken word with the singing of hymns, the morning worship services feature congregational song presented in a variety of ways. Free admission; no tickets required.