Organizers of the third annual sacred music concert at Presentation Chapel in Livonia, have added a contemporary twist to the program this year.
Ticket-holders may find themselves tapping their feet to the gospel rendition of Agnus Dei by Michael W. Smith. They’ll hear a contemporary version of How Great Thou Art and two versions of Pie Jesu, one classical and the other by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“It’s a very different program. The tone is sacred…but we want to show the infinite variety of sacred music,” said Barbara Glinski, a member of the concert planning committee. “We thought we’d diversify.”
The program also will include classical favorites, such as Mascagni’s Ave Maria, Franck’s Panis Angelicus and Malotte’s Psalm 23.
The concert starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the chapel at the Felician Sisters of Livonia Motherhouse, 36800 Schoolcraft, in Livonia.
Patron admission is $100 for two tickets. It includes reserved seating, a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception after the concert, and an opportunity to meet the performers.
Supporter tickets are $20.
Tickets are available in advance by calling (248) 375-0731 or by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets also will be available at the door.
“All proceeds will go toward improving the sound system in the chapel, which will enhance the public address system, the sisters’ prayer time, and music,” Glinski said. The concert also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Felician Sisters of Livonia.
Visitors will hear the music in a sacred setting, amid mosaics and stained glass. Presentation Chapel includes 16-foot mosaics of the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, stained glass windows and religious statues.
New performers this year include Stacey Mason, soprano and violinist, music director at St. John Center in Plymouth and a liturgical musician at St. Regis Catholic Church in Bloomfield Hills; and Amy Blevins, soprano and a section leader at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Pontiac.
“I feel that one of the greatest gifts God has given us is music, and I feel that especially about sacred music,” stated Mason, in a press release. “When I’m doing sacred music, it is almost as if I am overcome. It flows so easily and it seems so right.”
Other performers include Andrew Langlands, lyric baritone, director of music for the concert and minister of music at St. Regis Catholic Church in Bloomfield Hills; Johnny Kash, organist and accompanist, who serves as director of music and organist for Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Detroit; Hektor Qyteti, violinist and associate concertmaster for the Michigan Philharmonic; and Louis E. Canter, the director of liturgy and music for St. John Vianney Parish in Orlando, Fla. He is the former director of music ministries for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Other planning committee members are Julie Janosz, Jan Knysz, Jo Obloy, Susan Sajdak, Andy Langlands, Sister M. Cynthia Ann Machlik and Sister Mary Renetta Rumpz.
— By Sharon Dargay