The prelude and postlude at the morning services are both culled from French composer Léon Boëllmann's famous organ work Suite gothique (1895). Movement three, Prière, opens the services with a serene musical meditation. Movement two of the suite, the Menuet, closes the services with a majestic triple meter jaunt. The Chancel Choir anthem is Offertory by John Beck. The Ohio native was a well-respected choral composer and conductor who also was instrumental in establishing two music related companies: The University Music House in Columbus and the Beckenhorst Press. His Offertory has become a staple in church choirs across the country since its publication in 1987.
After enjoying good food and fellowship at the annual Taste of Plymouth event, come to the 6:00 p.m. service for a worshipful experience to end your day. Bobby will have an impressive roster of musicians and singers to lead you in song and offer a musical welcome to all as you into the sanctuary. Music by Beck (not John...), Leonard Cohen, Arlo Guthrie, Paul Simon, and Tom Waits will be heard. Hope to see you there!
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.