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2011-12 Sacred Space for the City Arts Series


Bible storytelling with a twist and a musical production about the experience of churchgoing black women in the South join the 6th Annual BACHanalia and the return of the popular Messiah sing along to satisfy a variety of tastes in the eighth season of Christ Church Cathedral’s Sacred Space for the City Arts Series in downtown Nashville.  Other events between September and April will include icon painting and a watercolor workshop, organ concerts played on the Cathedral’s magnificent Lively-Fulcher pipe organ, contemplative concerts with Dove Award nominee Rollie Mains, and special performances of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir including the Annual Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols. 

View the complete brochure by clicking here and see the detailed schedule below.

The season kicks off September 15-17 with Jezebel’s Got the Blues…and other works of imagination.  Seasoned actors Nan Gurley, Chip Arnold, Bonnie Keen, Carol Ponder, Jon Royal, and Robert Kiefer perform dramatic readings of eight Biblical stories retold in the voices of minor characters. Written by Merrill Farnsworth, it is accompanied by original music by well-known guitarist Phil Madeira.  Stories include “Angel at Eden’s Gate,” “A Conversation with Doubt and Defiance,” “Snip Snip,” and of course “Jezebel’s Got the Blues.” 

January/February will see the Cathedral filled with stunning hats and gospel music in the Off-Broadway musical CROWNS written by Regina Taylor.  CROWNS tells of the pride and endurance of six church-going African-American women as expressed through the splendid hats they wear to church. This production is directed by acclaimed musical producer Ted Swindley in collaboration with Mary McCallum of SistaStyle Productions. 

Carol Williams, the only female civic organist in the U.S, will present her atypical organ extravaganza in October.  And the popular holiday tradition of the Messiah Sing-Inand more will fill the nave with the strains of Handel’s splendid Christmas classic led by Music City Baroque with the audience doubling as chorus.  And Christmas would not be complete without the Nashville Unlimited Christmas Concert hosted by Dave Pomeroy benefiting Room In The Inn.

The Arts Series once again features the sixth annual BACHanalia in March.  This festival, a celebration of everything Bach, has grown in popularity as a gift to the community by a wide variety of area musicians.  In April, the community is beneficiary of another gift by Lois and Peter Fyfe, as they sponsor the appearance of organist Nigel Potts from New York City.

This year’s Sacred Space for the City Art Series also features two art workshops. In March, Iconographer Teresa Harrison will lead an Icon Writing Workshop where participants will experience the contemplative practice of painting an Icon of the Annunciation in the Byzantine tradition ($100 registration deposit is required by February 1).  Local artist and teacher Susie Ries will lead a 4-day Watercolor Workshop in April.

New this year is the SEASON PASS for music and theater events for just $38.50, a substantial savings over the individual ticket prices.  The Season Pass and individual tickets are available now by clickng here.
 

2011-2012 ARTS SERIES

JEZEBEL’S GOT THE BLUES, by Merrill Farnsworth
September 15,16,17
Thursday/Friday 7:30 PM; Saturday 2 PM
Music by Phil Madeira. Bible stories retold from unlikely perspectives; featuring Nan Gurley, Chip Arnold, Bonnie Keen, Robert Kiefer, Jon Royal, Carol Ponder.
$10; $5 student

CAROL WILLIAMS, San Diego Civic Organist
Friday, October 14, 7:30 PM
$15; $5 student

CONTEMPLATIVE CONCERT
Rolin Mains & Friends
Sunday, October 30, 6 PM
A meditative hour of improvisation on keyboard and other instruments
Free

ALL SAINTS CHORAL EVENSONG & ORGAN CONCERT
Murray Forbes Somerville
, Artistic Director, Music City Baroque
Sunday, November 6, 3:30 PM
Free

MESSIAH SING-IN and more!
Monday, December 5, 7:30 PM
Music City Baroque leads audience in this holiday favorite
$15; $5 student; group of 10 or more, $12 (advance purchase only).

ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS
Sunday, December 11, 4 PM
Free

NASHVILLE UNLIMITED, Benefit Concert for Room In The Inn
Wednesday, December 14, 7 PM
$20 suggested donation at the door only

CROWNS, by ReginaTaylor
Thursday-Friday, January 26-27; February 9-10, 7:30 PM

ENCORE Performance, Friday, February 17, 7:30 PM
A musical about the experience of churchgoing black women in the South, with their hats an expressive symbol of their pride, faith and endurance. Directed by Ted Swindley in collaboration with SistaStyle Productions.
$15; $5 student; group of 10 or more, $12 (advance purchase only).
 
CONTEMPLATIVE CONCERT - CANCELLED
Rolin Mains & Friends
Sunday, February 5, 6 PM
A meditative hour of improvisation on keyboard and other instruments
Free

LENTEN CHORAL EVENSONG & ORGAN CONCERT: Doug Murray
Sunday, February 26, 3:30 PM
Free

13th ANNUAL DIOCESAN CHORISTER FESTIVAL
Sunday, March 4, 4 PM
Guest Director: Canon Michael McCarthy, Director of Music, Washington National Cathedral

BACHANALIA
Friday, March 23, 5-11PM
Free; Food & tee shirt sales

ICON WRITING WORKSHOP, led by Teresa Harrison REGISTRATION CLOSED
Monday-Friday, March 5-9, 8:30AM-4:30 PM
Experience the spiritual discipline of painting an icon of the Annunciation in a small class setting. No painting experience required.
$495 includes all materials & lunch; $100 pre-registration due by February 1; full payment by February 20.

EASTERTIDE CHORAL EVENSONG & ORGAN CONCERT
Wilma Jensen, Choirmaster/Organist Emerita, St. George's, Nashville
Sunday, May 6, 3:30 PM
Free

ORGAN CONCERTNigel Potts
Organist & Choirmaster, Christ and St. Stephen's Church, New York City
Friday, April 27, 7:30 PM
Sponsored by Lois & Peter Fyfe
Free 

WATERCOLOR PAINTING WORKSHOP DATE CHANGE
Tuesday-Friday, May 1-4, 9 AM-2 PM
Led by Susie Ries. No prior experience needed; all levels welcome.
$85 includes lunch, by pre-registration only. 

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