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Voices for Justice Concert at St. Mary’s Aug. 18

Aug. 13, 2012. The choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will present “Voices for Justice: A Litany of Readings and Music” on Satuday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. in the nave of the church.

Patterned on the familiar Lessons and Carols of the Advent season, this concert will feature readings from both scripture and secular literature that focus on issues of social justice and equality. Donations at the door will be given to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Tolerance Project to support their efforts on behalf of these issues. The concert is presented in memory of Dr. Ken McKinney, an internationally-known professor of Geology at ASU who was a founder and long-time member of the choir at St. Mary’s, and who was instrumental in the choir’s development as one of the premier choral ensembles of the region. A number of choir members who have gone on to careers in music in New York and abroad are expected to return to sing with the choir for this occasion.

The choir of St. Mary of the Hills has performed many times with various chamber orchestras, but its focus remains unaccompanied singing, and its heart is regular Sunday morning worship and monthly choral evensong. Dr. James Bumgardner has been organist and Choir Director at St. Mary’s for over 20 years, and has led the choir on several trips to study with the foremost directors of Anglican choral music in Cambridge, England, including George Guest at St. John’s, Stephen Cleobury at King’s, and Tim Brown at Clare College. The group has been choir-in-residence at Durham Cathedral in England twice, and has sung services for St. Mary the Virgin in New York City, as well as representing North Carolina at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

For more information on this service, please contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828-295-7323.