St. John the Beloved Concert Series Presents ‘For the Children’

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dr. Valerie Bullock, director of Singers of Summerville with composer John Rutter at the American Choral Directors Association conference in Dallas, TX last winter. Bullock will direct Rutter's Mass for the Children in a concert at St. John the Beloved, Summerville on Sunday, October 6 at 4 p.m. PROVIDED

St. John the Beloved Concert Series will present “For the Children” with the Singers of Summerville and the Rollings Middle School of the Arts Vocal Core Choir
The concert, planned for Oc.t 6 at 4 p.m., is part of the 2013-14 St. John the Beloved Concert Series. 
The program “For the Children” features British composer John Rutter’s Mass of the Children with chamber ensemble. Mass of the Children is a Latin Missa Brevis setting with English texts incorporated, composed for adult choir and children’s choir with orchestra and soloists. The soloists will be Singers of Summerville members, soprano Meredith Dickard and Brian Shepard, baritone.
When renowned composer John Rutter wrote "Mass of the Children" in 2003, it was to give what he himself had received as a child: the gift of musical inspiration. In a 2005 interview for The Independent, Rutter explains the vision behind this beloved work.
"I remembered my formative moment as a pupil [...] when I sang in Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem' under the baton of Britten himself. That taughjt me how enriching it is for a child to perform with professionals, and I wanted to write a piece to bring together children and adults in the same way."
In fact, Rutter's vision is unique in that the children's choir is the musical centerpiece of the work rather than an embellishment to the adult choir.
The collaboration between the Singers of Summerville and Rollings Middle School of the Arts is a perfect embodiment of Rutter's vision. The Singers, whose members are largely professional or experienced musicians, hope that giving the students the opportunity to join them in performing great music will motivate and inspire.
The concert will also include a new work, Newton Psalm by American composer John F. Hudson as well as other selections. Newton Psalm was first performed in December of 2012 by the Westminster Schola Cantorum and is dedicated to the families of those who lost their lives in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Hudson is a native of Seneca, South Carolina and is currently working towards his masters of music degree in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
Paul Fletcher and the Greater Summerville Music Forum founded the Singers of Summerville (SOS) in 2003. Dr. Valerie Bullock is the current director of SOS and has since July of 2006. Dr. Bullock is also the Chair of the Horton School of Music at Charleston Southern University. The choir of around forty-five volunteers performs regularly in Summerville and the Greater Charleston area.
Mrs. Pam Brunson is the director of the Rollings Middle School of the Arts Vocal Core Choir. Brunson has been teaching middle school music for twenty-eight years, and her students and choirs regularly place at the top of area competitions. This is her sixth year at Rollings.
Ten dollars at the door is appreciated. For more information, contact St. John the Beloved Music Office at (843) 873-0631 x15 or visit Singers of Summerville at www.singersofsummerville.org. The Church of Saint John the Beloved (28 Sumter Ave, downtown Summerville)

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