“. . . this is a concert for our time.” – Wes Janzen, director of choral activities, TWU
Langley, British Columbia—Amidst days of global uncertainty resulting from recent world events, Trinity Western University choirs, along with members of the CBC Vancouver Orchestra and renowned soloists, will offer a performance that unfolds and resounds God’s sovereignty throughout the ages. On November 24 and 25 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey, B.C., a full orchestra and 175 voice choir will perform A Festival of Great Sacred Classics – A Walk Through the Bible.
“In times like these we need to be reminded that a Sovereign God holds every detail of our lives in the palm of His almighty and loving hand,” says Wes Janzen, director of choral activities at TWU. “While planned long ago, this is a concert for our time.”
Joining Trinity Western’s choirs and members of the CBC Vancouver Orchestra are world class vocalists Mark Dubois and Mark Oswald. Oswald, scheduled to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York no less than a dozen times this year, will perform “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” at the Trinity Western concert. This will be Oswald’s fourth appearance with TWU choirs.
“Mark is an incredible artist, with a beautiful and powerful voice,” says Janzen, who first met Oswald while they were students at the University of Cincinnati. “He is uniquely called to live out his Christian faith in the secular arts scene of New York, and we’re honoured to have him as one of our guests.”
J. I. Packer, theologian, teacher and well-known author of Knowing God, will host the performance, offering brief commentary between musical selections that will walk the audience through the Bible and bring to light selections the choir and soloists perform.
“For years I’ve dreamed of a concert that would feature highlights from great sacred major works, arranged in biblical order,” says Janzen, conductor of the performance. “The concert will feature selections that our singers and audiences alike have most enjoyed. This is our ‘all time favorites’ offering to the community.”
Included in the performance will be selections from Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Mendolssohn’s Elijah, Berlioz’s Childhood of Christ, Bach’s St. John Passion and Handel’s Messiah. Designed to be a powerful experience that both encourages and comforts listeners, Janzen says, “ Our students believe what they are singing, and that helps bring the music to a level that is beyond musical excellence.”
Performances of A Festival of Great Sacred Classics – A Walk Through the Bible take place November 24 at 2 p.m. and November 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey, B.C. For information or ticket reservation call 604-581-2981.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21