The Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys this weekend presents a program of “Musical Reflections for Holy Week” tonight and Saturday.
Artistic director Scott Bosscher leads the programs by the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, which performs in the Anglican Cathedral tradition with boys singing the treble or soprano part, and the men supplying the three lower voices.
Bosscher formerly was a choral scholar in the choir of Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England, in the United Kingdom.
The service of Stations of the Cross begins with Incarnation and Epiphany of Jesus Christ but focuses on the events of Holy Week with scripture readings and other readings, such as an anonymous Prayer of a Confederate Soldier dating from 1864.Musical selections run the gamut from a contemporary setting of the ancient Latin text “Ave Verum” to “In Paradisum” from Gabriel Faure’s Requiem.
“What I am even more excited about is introducing Grand Rapids to a new, young British composer by the name of Philip Stopford,” Bosscher said. “Think of his music as a cross between John Rutter and Herbert Howells -- so gorgeous.”
Philip Stopford, now living in Belfast, Ireland, formerly was a boy chorister at Westminster Abbey under organist Martin Neary, who is a musical adviser to the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys.
The program includes Gregorio Allegri's Miserere and the concluding chorus of J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, "In Tears of Grief," is part of the program.
Organist Ken Bos will accompany the program and play music by Bach and others.