Palm Sunday, March 25, is early this year. Our featured Palm Sunday Concert
will be “The Crucifixion” by Sir John Stainer (1840-1901). Written in 1887, “The
Crucifixion” stands as the premiere Lenten cantata of the 19th century. Beginning
as a chorister at St. Paul Cathedral in London, Stainer rose to become organist/choir
master and a celebrated composer of his time.
No Lenten cantata has been performed as much as “The Crucifixion.” It continues
to be performed yearly by churches around the world. In the center of the work is
his setting of “God so loved the world.” It is sung unaccompanied. It is familiar to
most church goers. The remainder of the work has traditionally been accompanied
by piano or organ. In 2003 Craig Hawkins finally orchestrated the piece. We shall
use his orchestration (a first for New Orleans)-with an ensemble from the Louisiana
Philharmonic Orchestra.
Our own soloists will be singing: Sandy Cranfill – soprano; Sharon Fortin- soprano;
Kelly Kron – alto; Ron Palmisano – bass; and guest David Bloom – tenor. Julie
Etland on the keyboards and William R. Memmott conducting.
Please invite family and friends for this outstanding offering in worship — 10:30 A.M.

A luncheon will be served in Fellowship Hall following the concert.
“Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and
make music from your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father
for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” – Ephesians 5:19-20