Choirs sing for others’ supper

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Choirs from four south area churches will join in song at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in a fourth annual concert to celebrate the harvest season — and to raise money for local charities.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Centennial, will host the event, “We Gather Together: an Interfaith Choral Festival.”

It will be filled with singing, piano and organ music and scripture readings. The choir at St. Timothy’s, directed by Joyce Culwell, will be joined by choirs from St. Mary Catholic Church, Littleton (Marcia Marchesi); Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Centennial (Sara Blake) and the Littleton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Littleton Stake (Kent L. Jones).

Marcia Marchesi, music director at St. Mary, said that last year, the first for St. Mary, about 120 voices combined to sing “The Heavens Are Telling” from Haydn’s “Creation.” This year, each choir will perform for about 12 minutes, followed by the joint choirs performing “Sing Praise to Him!” by Kent L. Jones. “It’s amazing to hear all the voices fitting together—there’s great energy in the room,” she said.

Each of these churches has members from across the south metro area. “There are no longer neighborhood churches,” Marchesi commented.

St. Mary will sing works by two French composers: “Gloria” from “Messe Breve” by Leo Delibes and Cantique de Jean Racine” Op. 11 by Gabriel Faure.

A piano piece, with violin, “Meditation” from “Thais” by Massenet will be on the program also.

Marchesi said they had a standing room audience at St. Timothy’s last year and raised about $3000 for the St. Vincent DePaul Society and Inter Faith Task Force.

Recipients this year are St. Vincent DePaul Society and HAAT, a small task force that aids the homeless. “We hope to raise even more this year,” she said.

Each group rehearses separately until concert day, learning the new music. They gather early and rehearse the joint music several times prior to the performance.

Admission is free, however a free-will offering is welcome.

Marchesi, who has been at St. Mary for five years, has an interesting background: her family lived in Vienna for 10 years and she attended music school in Austria for undergraduate studies. Her Ph. D is from CU Boulder, where she taught for 10 years until this job opened up and looked like a good fit.