A lovely breakfast on a hazy Sunday morn: sunny-side up...gratitude to God.
The well-known hymn "Beautiful Savior" undergoes a contemporary reading via an arrangement by organ virtuoso Gerre Hancock. Beginning with ethereal lush harmonies, the tune emerges quietly from the texture evolving to a wonderfully dissonant musical tapestry before settling into the gentle conclusion.
The hymn tune "Deo Gracias" (Thanks to God) closes the service in a grand British-style setting by Healey Willan.
Violinist Amy Welsh offers an excerpt from movement 1 of Edvard Grieg's "Sonata No. 1 in F Major." Composed in 1865, Norwegian composer Gerhard Schjelderup described the sonata as "the work of a youth who has seen only the sunny side of life."
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.