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Premiere of Magnificat by Beth Anderson at Brooklyn’s St. John’s Episcopal Church on June 26

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
Voicing: Mixed
Beth Anderson’s Magnificat for SATB choir and organ will be given its World Premiere on Sunday, June 26 – 4:00 PM, as part of a special Evensong service at St. John's Episcopal Church, 139 St. John's Place in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Performers will be the St. John's Choir with Cryder Bankes, organist. The service is in honor of the 185th anniversary of the church and will be followed by a reception in the garden, weather permitting. The non-traditional poetry for Ms. Anderson’s setting was taken from "Enriching Our Worship", 1997, rather than from the King James Bible. The Magnificat (Latin for magnifies) is known as the Song of Mary or the Canticle of Mary. It is one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns and perhaps the earliest Marian hymn. The text is traditionally taken from the Gospel of Luke 1:46-55 where it is spoken by the Virgin Mary upon the occasion of her visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. For directions to St. John’s Church and more information about the Evensong service, call 718-783-3928 or visit http://www.saintjohnsbrooklyn.com/. Beth Anderson’s music has been described as having “a refreshing simplicity without naiveté” and as “deeply felt, direct, and yes, beautiful” and “charming and deeply felt to the point of romanticism.” Her latest CDs are recordings by Nancy Boston of September Swale as part of American Women: Modern Voices in Piano Music and Aleksandra Maslovaric’s recordings of Belgian Tango and Tales #1 & #3 for violin and piano on Feminae in Musica. For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit http://www.beand.com. For photos and other press inquiries, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net. -30-
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