Celebrating the Sacred and the Profane: May 15 Concert

Musical opposites to align in concert

The reverent and irreverent will come together in a performance that will span the musical ages.

Celebrating the Sacred and the Profane is a program of hymns, anthems, and sacred and secular works for the piano, organ, and choir. The concert is 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at Grace Episcopal Church, Port Huron. It features the Grace Church Choir and Laurie Ryan, the church organist and music director.

The highly eclectic program runs the gamut when it comes to the music – from Baroque to the 21st Century, Ryan said.

“The music has been chosen to showcase the 1928 Aeolian pipe organ, which has a variety of colorful stops,” she said. “Several of the works will function as preludes to the hymns and anthems, setting the keys and moods for the music to be sung.”

The varied program also includes Ragtime, tango, hymns, fugues, a Spanish battle piece, early American tunes, including one setting with an unusual twist. The choir will sing two anthems while everyone – concert goers included – will sing three hymns.

“Much of this music has been rarely performed, so listeners will be hearing these works for the first time,” Ryan said. “The goal is for the concert goers to take away an appreciation of the organ as well as discover the varied ways in which sacred music can be paired with secular music.”

Celebrating the Sacred and the Profane is free. A freewill offering will be taken.

Grace Episcopal Church is at 1213 Sixth St., Port Huron. For details, call the church at (810) 985-9539.