From the Bench
By: Heinrich Christensen
As is our custom for Holy Week, we have a veritable cornucopia of music that mirrors the enormous variety and drama of our many services.
On Maundy Thursday, Claire Shepro will be the soloist and sing arias from the St. Matthew Passion and B Minor Mass of J.S. Bach, as well as Daniel Pinkham's Ubi caritas during the ceremony of footwashing, and his Missa Mandatum Novum, written especially for this service, for communion.
On Good Friday, for the noon service, you will hear selections from François Couperin's Tenebrae Lessons. The texts are from the Lamentations of Jeremiah. They will be sung by sopranos Cassandra Extavour and Jessica Petrus, accompanied by Carol Lewis on gamba and Chris Henriksen on theorbo.
Friday evening, choir members Daniel Lyng and Brian Church will sing the Pinkham setting of the Tenebrae Responses.
For our Vigil on Saturday, the full choir will be present and sing our traditional service music, adapted from Greek Orthodox liturgies by Anna Gallos.
And finally on Sunday morning, you will hear festive French organ toccatas by Lemmens and Vierne. The choir will sing Randall Thompson's Alleluia, as well as double chorus offertory by Palestrina, and a contemporary Introit by Williams College faculty member Zachary Wadsworth.