What would Luther do next?

Choir BoysI have engaged to a new side project with the mission of helping a Lutheran church in England to reconfigure – and in due course, reimagine – how they embrace digital communications to better engage with their congregation and also to reach out to a wider targeted audience.

As I started researching their context and identifying think tanks and best practices for 21st century-tuned churches, some very interesting sources and voices kept my ideas busy for a long time. Continue reading “What would Luther do next?”

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I have a certain love for Evensong

ChoirEvensongs are evening prayer services, so called in a reference to the latin ‘Vespers‘, which means ‘evening’. They are offered as part of the liturgy of the canonical hours by many churches including Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran.

While most of those churches will refer to their evening prayers as ‘Vespers’, the Anglican tradition refers to them as ‘Evensong’. The Anglican Evensong includes psalms and canticles, conducted following a set form with a choral delivery of the service.

If you are in the UK – living or perhaps visiting – you will find an evensong near you in this great website: www.choralevensong.org. You can browse by location or even post code and they will help you find options nearby. They will also help you learn more about evensongs, for example, understanding the various musical items you will find in a Choral Evensong service. Continue reading “I have a certain love for Evensong”

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Die Schöpfung no Municipal de São Paulo

HAYDN (1732-1809) e o nascimento do universo – contado em seu oratório Die Schöpfung (A Criação), em 3 partes – em sessão gratuita, na programação de Natal do Theatro Municipal de São Paulo.

Com pouco menos de 2 horas de duração, a obra conta a história da criação do mundo ao longo de 7 dias, segundo o texto do Gênesis da Bíblia cristã – alternados com textos extraídos do “Paraíso Perdido” de John Milton, ambos traduzidos para o alemão.

Compositor importante na formação da estética do classicismo, Haydn e sua “A Criação” com suas ilustrações pictóricas, instabilidades harmônicas e o prenúncio da desintegração tonal, contribuem para o estabelecimento das bases do romantismo – a estética predominante no século XIX.

É presente de Natal e agenda imperdível para os amantes do universo erudito que transitarem pela cidade de São Paulo nos próximos dias 16 e 19 de dezembro. Vamos ao concerto?

Serviço: Theatro Municipal de São Paulo. Praça Ramos de Azevedo, s/nº, Centro

Dia 16/dez às 11h e 19/dez às 20h30. Orquestra Experimental de Repertório e Coral Paulistano. Martha Herr (soprano), André Vidal (tenor), Lício Bruno (baixo), Jamil Maluf (regente).

Entrada franca. Ingressos serão distribuídos na bilheteria do teatro 2h antes do início do espetáculo.

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