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Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir Commemorates All Saints

Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir Commemorates All Saints
Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir Commemorates All Saints

The Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir and Sacred Music Program will present "Restored," a musical program commemorating the annual Christian Feast of All Saints. The performances are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. at LR's Grace Chapel.

This event is intended to be a time of worship and remembrance, weaving together choral music, congregational hymns, and readings on the themes of rest and restoration. According to Ryan Luhrs, Ph.D., LR director of choral activities, the themes are derived from Psalm 51, the basis for two of the program's choral selections, including Gregorio Allegri's famous "Miserere Mei, Deus" and Paul J. Christiansen's arrangement of "Create in Me A Clean Heart, O God." The program will also include works by Hildegard von Bingen, Rupert Lang, Dan Forrest, and Michael Barrett.

"We invite people to leave behind their hectic lives when they pass through the doors of Grace Chapel," Luhrs said. "It's a time set aside to remember loved ones and experience the mystery of God's grace through music and readings."

Members of the community are invited to submit names of loved ones who have passed away to ryan.luhrs@lr.edu. Names submitted by Friday, Oct. 26, will be included in the program. Attendees will be invited to light a candle in memory of a loved one as they enter the chapel.

Luhrs will direct the choral ensembles. Collaborative artist Jeana Neal Borman and University organist Vince Crist, D.M.A., will accompany the choir and lead congregational singing.

The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or call the LR Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 828.328.7206.