Sunday morning worship is ushered in by William Bolcom's "Sweet Hour of Prayer," the second piece in Book Four of his Gospel Preludes (1984). This gentle setting, based on the 1849 hymn tune by blind English preacher William Walford, is reminiscent of Max Reger's highly chromatic and polyphonic compositional style. During communion, violinist Harmony Tucker and I will present the "Adagio" from Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108. The sonata was composed between 1886 and 1888 and was the last of Brahms' violin sonatas. It was dedicated to his colleague and famed conductor/pianist/composer Hans von Bulow. A setting of of the closing hymn,"God of Grace and God of Glory" (the Welsh tune Cwm Rhondda) will follow as the postlude by Paul Manz.
Bobby and vocalist Blair Carpenter will lead a contemplative service at 6:00 p.m. Meditative piano arrangements by Bobby and an excerpt by composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky will help you to center and be open to the Spirit in this prayerful worship service.
Director of Music
Each week, Director of Music Mark Heiskanen writes a Music Minute previewing the upcoming Sunday's musical offerings and occasionally opines on other music-related topics.
We are blessed by an engaging music program at Plymouth!
Mark Heiskanen has been Plymouth's Director of Music since September 2017. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Mark has experience and great interest in a diverse range of musical styles including jazz, rock, musical theatre, and gospel. He is thrilled to serve a congregation and staff that values diversity and inclusion in all facets of life.