Music

“… be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.”
Ephesians 5:19

Easter Cantata ~ Sat., April 15th, 7:00 pm

This year we will be performing an Easter Cantata on Saturday, April 15, at 7:00 pm. The cantata titled “Sanctuary: A Cantata of Hope and Peace” by Joseph M. Martin, will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra. The piece itself centers on finding solace, refuge, peace, and hope in the Sanctuary. Save the date and join us for this new adventure!

Message from Ben Shaver, our Music Director….

I hope you’ve been having a reflective Lent season!

As we enter Holy Week, our Bell choir will start and end our service playing the Prelude and Postlude – “Hosanna” and “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.”  After our Introit, we will maintain our tradition of processing in waving palm branches, led by our Youth and Sanctuary Choir! The Sanctuary Choir will also be singing a selection from our upcoming cantata – “Hosanna! A Procession of Promise!” Thursday, April 13, we will have our Maundy Thursday service, which will begin at 7 p.m.  Our Choir will be leading the service and providing some beautiful music, including John Stainer’s “God So Loved The World,” as well as Bob Hurd’s setting of “Ubi Caritas.”  We may also add a selection from our cantata.

On Saturday, April 15, Geneva will be presenting Joseph M. Martin’s cantata, “Sanctuary: A Cantata of Hope and Peace” at 7 p.m. As Mr. Martin states in his performance notes

Sanctuary is a service in song that conveys the many ways in which the seeker finds shelter and safety in the grace of Christ.  As the cantata shares moments in the Savior’s life, we discover, by His example, the faithfulness of God’s promises to His people. These important moments are supported in the work by narration, scripture, and song. Some directors may want to use simple images on banners or projections to further enhance the power of these concepts.”

I hope that you are able to attend and are able to bring friends, family members, and neighbors to this incredible experience. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra composed of a flute, clarinet, french horn, and string quintet.

On Sunday morning, April 16, we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord with song and praises ringing from the bells and organ as well as our Choir.  This year, we will be doing something a little different – the choir will sing an introit that will lead directly into our opening hymn – “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” I look forward to an extremely powerful week of ministry through music with Geneva and I hope you do too.

In Christ,

Ben Shaver

 

A Commitment to Excellence in Music

Our worship services are enhanced with organ, piano, keyboard, vocal and instrumental soloists, as well as Sanctuary, English Handbell and Children’s Choirs. The choirs are composed of members and friends of Geneva who volunteer their time and talents.

Geneva’s 2016 Concert Series

“Frostiana” – April 30

“That’s Amore” Wine & Cheese” – April 22

“Love, Broadway” Wine & Cheese” – Feb. 5

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