1. Christmas at East Liberty Presbyterian Church

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    Please join us for a special Christmas concert featuring brass and organ
    and our two candlelight Christmas Eve Services!

    Christmas with the Brass Roots and Organ

    Brass RootsFriday, December 19, 2014
    8:00 PM – Sanctuary

    The concert is free.  A freewill offering will be received during the concert.

    ELPC’s resident brass ensemble, The Brass Roots, is joined by Dr. Ed Moore at the organ for a festive concert of music for the season!


    Christmas Eve Services

    Christmas Sanctuary 2011 - 3Wednesday, December 24, 2014
    Both services are in the sanctuary and feature the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and candle lighting.

    5:00 PMFriends and Family Service – The early festive service is for all people with a special emphasis on younger children and families.

    10:30 PMPrelude Music
    11:00 PM – Candlelight Service – The late service combines music and the spoken word in our beautiful cathedral setting to create a memorable time of worship, celebrating the birth of Christ Jesus.

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  2. Jasmine Muhammad, Guest Soloist

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    Jasmine MuhammadJasmine Muhammad was our guest soloist in worship on April 27, 2014.  Jasmine is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and is in her second year as a Resident Artist with the Pittsburgh Opera.

    Jasmine sang Harry T. Burleigh’s arrangement of Every Time I Feel the Spirit, with Dr. Ed Moore on piano.  Listen to their performance here:


  3. Marvin Mills and Marlissa Hudson Concert

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    Marvin Mills and Marlissa HudsonMarvin Mills and Marlissa Hudson presented a fantastic and varied concert of music for organ, piano, soprano, and cello on 2 March 2014.  Here are some clips from the concert.


    Adagio and Fugue in c, K. 564

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    transcribed by Jean Guillou

    Marvin Mills, organ

    Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio, K. 418

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Marlissa Hudson, soprano and Marvin Mills, organ

    Written for Mozart’s sister-in-law Aloysia Weber, Vorrei spiegarvi o Dio was one of several interpolated arias for a performance of Pasquale Anfossi’s opera Il curioso indiscreto. The practice of inserting a “showpiece” was common from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, allowing a singer to show their wares to greatest effect.

    Oh God! If only I could tell him how I feel, but fate condemns me to weep and suffer in silence. I must be cold toward the one I love.

    Ah Sir! Leave me, run far from me. Your beloved Emilia waits for you, let her not languish. Ah, the stars are against me! Do not talk to me of love or what is in your heart.

    Triptico del Buen Pastor (1953)

    El Rebano – La Oveja Perdida – El Buen Pastor

    Jesús Guridi

    Jesús Guridi (Bidaola) was born into a family of musicians: composers, pianists, organists, and a violinist, leading back to his great-grandfather. Nutured in his native Spain, he attended the Schola Cantorum in Paris and then went on to study with Joseph Jongen, noted Belgium organist/composer. Guridi was organist of the Basilica del Señor Santiago in Bilbao, conductor of the Bildao Choral Society, and professor of organ and harmony at the conservatories of Biscay and Madrid. His operas were quite successful, and his orchestrations have been compared with Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, and Stravinsky.

    The Triptych of the Good Shepherd (1953) is Guridi’s musical depiction of the parable of the lost sheep. (Luke 15:3-6 — So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to then, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’) Recipient of a first prize in a Festival of Spanish Organ Music held at The Church of the Good Shepherd in San Sebastian, the work draws from the folk music of the Basque people.

    The Flock – A pastoral scene is set. The movement ends with the shepherd’s song, accompanied by the tinkling of sheep’s bells.

    The Lost Sheep – A storm erupts, building to a ferocious climax. Once the weather clears we hear the bleating of the scattered flock, which soon reunites with the shepherd.

    The Good Shepherd – Quiet chords precede an extended melody (the shepherd’s steadfast nature), which eventually is interspersed with stately fanfares (the joy of unity). The sheep bells and a fragment of the shepherd’s song return fortissimo, to bring the work to a joyous conclusion.


    Ricky Ian Gordon
    (b. 1956)

    After studying piano, composition and acting, at Carnegie Mellon University, Ricky Ian Gordon settled in New York City, quickly emerging as leading composer of his generation and a gifted writer for the voice. His songs have been performed/recorded by many of America’s leading artists. His operas and musicals have been well received and highly praised.

    As a teacher Mr. Gordon has taught both Master Classes and Composition Classes in Colleges and Universities throughout the country including Yale, NYU, Northwestern, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Catholic, Bennington, Vassar, Carnegie-Mellon, Elon, Michigan State, U of Michigan, Point Park (McGinnis Distinguished Lecturer) Texas Lutheran University, and San Francisco Conservatory. He has been the featured Composer-in Residence at various festivals including Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Songfest at Pepperdine University, Chautauqua, Aspen Music Festival, and Ravinia.

    Among his honors are an OBIE Award, the 2003 Alumni Merit Award for exceptional achievement and leadership from Carnegie-Mellon University, A Shen Family Foundation Award, the Stephen Sondheim Award, The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, The Constance Klinsky Award, and many awards from ASCAP, of which he is a member, The National Endowment of the Arts, and The American Music Center.

    PRAYER (Litany)

    Gather up
    In the arms of your pity
    The sick, the depraved,
    The desperate, the tired,
    All the scum
    Of our weary city
    Gather up
    In the arms of your pity
    Gather up
    In the arms of your love –
    Those who expect
    No love from above.

    – Langston Hughes

  4. I Waited for the Lord

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    Felix Mendelssohn BartholdyFelix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s (1809-1847) Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 52 is also known as Hymn of Praise (Lobegesang in German.)  Mendelssohn composed the symphony in 1840 and described it as “A Symphony-Cantata on Words of the Holy Bible, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra.”  It is a large work, with a complete performance of the symphony lasting well over an hour.



    I Waited for the LordI Waited for the Lord is one of the movements of this symphony.  It is scored for two soloists and chorus, with the text derived from Psalm 40:

    I waited for the Lord, God inclined unto me, God heard my complaint. O blessed are they that hope and trust in the Lord.

    The Chancel Choir will be singing this movement at the offertory on Sunday, January 19, with Anqwenique Wingfield and Carly Noel Black as soloists.  You can listen/watch to a YouTube clip of this anthem as sung by the choir of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, OH:

  5. Dawning Light of Our Salvation


    Mike Tomaro, Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University, was our guest in worship on December 15, 2013.  As part of the service, he made a new arrangement for the Chancel Choir.

    Dawning Light of Our Salvation

    Words: Wendell Kimbrough – from Luke 1:68-79 & 3:4-6
    Music: Bruce BenedictMike Tomaro
    Arrangement: Mike Tomaro

    Click below to listen to this beautiful new arrangement recorded live during worship on December 15.

    East Liberty Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
    Dr. Edward Alan Moore, conductor
    Gabriel T. D’Abruzzo, accompanist
    Mike Tomaro, soprano sax