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The Briarwood Adult Choir and Orchestra presents Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 cantata, “As the Hart Pants” on Mother’s Day Sunday evening, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. The 25-minute cantata will be followed by a sermon from Dr. Reeder.
The music is inspired directly from Psalm 42 and is beautifully composed in a way that is accessible to anyone, young or old, with memorable melodies and flowing themes. Mendelssohn was a master at writing in a way that underscores the action and drama of the Scripture message. His own testimony to thirst after the presence of Christ is evident in this work.
The cantata is presented in seven short movements, corresponding to the seven themes in which the Psalm is divided. The first movement features the choir and orchestra establishing the theme, “As the hart (young deer) pants after the waterbrook, so panteth my soul for Thee, O God.” The second movement features soloist, Audrey Jowers singing, “My soul thirsts for God.” Following is a special quintet movement for soprano and men’s quartet. Darryl Stracner, Jim Blackmon, Dave Balius, and Joel Megginson singing, “The Lord hath commanded His kindness in the daytime, in the night did I sing of Him and made my prayer to God.”
Suddenly, the full men’s chorus of the choir heralds the final theme, “Why, my soul, are you so downcast? Trust now in God! Praise be the Lord, the God of Israel forevermore!” Choir and orchestra join together in a thrilling, fugal ending of praise.
Come join us! What better way to conclude Mother’s Day than with this musical gift from God of Mendelssohn’s setting to Psalm 42?