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Oct 2011

The Green Room | Richmond Symphony Orchestra

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! – Psalm 150:6

Music is the shorthand of emotion – Leo Tolstoy

Orchestral musicians enjoy an interesting job description. Their job is to “make music.” They have the opportunity to perform inspired music from across the generations, and even though every musician in the orchestra comes from differing backgrounds and points of view, they all come together in unity, for a purpose: to interpret a composer’s musical intentions. Music making can be an intense spiritual experience and celebration of creation; and when an audience, or congregation, responds with thunderous ovation, it is not the members of the orchestra, worship team, Beethoven, Ravel, or Copland they are applauding, but, whether they know it or not, it is the living God; for it is God alone who bestows on composers the mysterious gift of composition, and on performers that unspeakable gift of interpretation.

An orchestra offering an overture by Rossini is praising God no less than a choir singing gospel choruses. Every note speaks of the great Creator, the first source of all this world knows. In that respect, there is neither sacred nor secular, for, as all music comes from Him, so it represents Him to us in all of His varied forms. That an ensemble of mere humans striking, blowing, stroking, and plucking objects of wood, metal, and plastic can produce sounds so glorious is truly a miracle.

On Saturday, November 12th, Redemption Hill Church will have the opportunity to experience this first hand as we kick off The Green Room series by going to the Richmond Symphony Orchestra concert that evening. We will begin the evening with a dessert and coffee gathering where we preview and discuss the concert you will be hearing that evening, then conclude by going to the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage to hear the Richmond Symphony perform, conducted by their new Music Director, Steven Smith. The program that evening will include:

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) Overture to The Barber of Seville
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Gloria
Joseph-Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Piano Concerto in G Major
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Jeu de Cartes (Game of Cards)

The guest pianist for the evening will be Anton Nel, and you can read more about him on his website here.

Tickets will be $30 each, and $50 per couple. This price includes a $28 ticket (30% off the regular price) and the dessert and coffee gathering before the concert. If you are looking for a date night out with your spouse, or significant other, this will be a great opportunity, as you will not only hear some great music performed by our local symphony, but will have the chance to hear more about each composer and piece featured on the concert, and how it relates to the gospel. A limited number of tickets are available for this event, so please RSVP here if you intend to go.

In order to confirm your reservation, we will need to receive your payment by no later than Wednesday, November 9. Checks can be made out to “Redemption Hill Church,” and all checks and monies can either be given to Shelby Murphy on Sunday morning, or snail mailed to:

Redemption Hill Church
3126 West Cary Street #212
Richmond, VA 23221

If you have any questions, feel free to email Shelby Murphy at shelby [at] redemptionhill [dot] org.



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