Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of the Marvin Concert Series. The mission of the Marvin Concert Series is one of musical outreach to the community, an ecumenical time to welcome all to His presence. As always, the music offerings are completely free of charge and take place in the historic Marvin sanctuary, unless otherwise noted.
Silent Film & Theatre Organ: Jonathan Story
5 p.m. Oct. 29
1925 silent film Phantom Of The Opera
Just in time for Halloween, it’s the 1925 silent movie classic Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney and accompanied by Jonathan Story on the Marvin United Methodist organ. If you’ve never seen it on the big screen, this is a rare opportunity to experience this fully-restored motion picture
masterpiece as it was intended to be seen.
Jura Margulis, piano
5 p.m. Nov. 12
Pianist Jura Margulis has been recognized for his compellingly communicative performances, as well as for the range of his tonal palette and his consummate virtuosity. Reviewers have praised the “absolute authority” of his interpretations and the sense of “controlled obsession” he transmits at the keyboard. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung noted that his aesthetic is both “impulsive and contemplative.” The Los Angeles Times praised his “excellent pianism” and called him “highly musical.” The Washington Post applauded his “titanic reserves of sheer power” and his “effortless spontaneity.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called his performance “ … the perfect Beethoven for the audience of our time … sweeping lyricism … imagination, originality, and good taste pervaded every phrase.” In August 2011 Drehpunkt Kultur in Salzburg wrote: “After the performance one fleetingly thinks of the pianists that became legends, but comparisons are impermissible. Margulis is a master sui generis (of his own kind).”
Handel’s Messiah Sing-along
5 p.m. Dec. 10
The Messiah is one of the most recognizable masterworks for choir and ochestra, depicting in detail Isaiah’s prophecy of salvation, Christ’s birth, the annunciation to the shepherds and Christ’s healing and redemption. The famous Hallelujah Chorus comes from the Easter portion of the oratorio but is typically done during the Christmas season. This December the Marvin Chancel Choir will combine with orchestra and soloists to present Handel’s timeless classic. We invite the entire East Texas community to come for this festive sing-a-long version.
Lessons and Carols
8:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 17
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic
books and the Gospels, interspersed with the sining of Christmas carols, hymns and music by our Chancel Choir, Trinity Singers, children and youth choirs and orchestra.
East Texas Men in Harmony Christmas Concert
7 p.m. Dec. 17
The “East Texas Men In Harmony” is comprised of men from all over the East Texas area representing more than 20 towns in the greater Tyler area, and as far away as Lufkin and Nacogdoches. Mmbers come from all walks of life and represent all age groups. The love of barbershop harmony brings them together to sing at civic clubs, corporate parties, awards banquets and anywhere else people gather for an evening of musical enjoyment. The chorus is an affiliated chapter with the International Barbershop Harmony Society, with more than 750 chapters and 24,000 members. Come and experience East Texas Men in Harmony’s joyous Christmas celebration.
Edward Eikner, piano
5 p.m. Jan. 7
Considered an outstanding musician of his generation, Edward Eikner attended Baylor University on a Van Cliburn scholarship and did all his graduate work at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has done extended study in Europe on a Fulbright grant and is at present enjoying an exciting and diverse career. His appearances as recitalist, soloist with symphony orchestras and as chamber musician have taken him all around the globe with sensational reviews to his credit from the world’s most important music centers, including New York, Paris, London, Vienna, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow and Buenos Aires. With performances in Australia last season, his artistry has been enjoyed on five continents. He is constantly invited for return engagements (recently he completed his 22nd Italian tour). Collaborating with many of the finest musicians of the day, he enjoys exploring music lesser known (Brazilian, Spanish, Greek, Chinese) as well as the main-stream repertoire. He has found time to teach and perform in important international music festivals in the United States, South America and Europe. He is based in Georgia, where he is the Comer Professor of Fine Arts at Wesleyan College. His first three CDs have been best sellers. The future holds many more performances in this country, Europe, South America and Asia. Mr. Eikner is the recipient of an Arts Alliance award for his dstinguished contribution to the arts in the Southeast and he has received similar awards in other countries.
7 p.m. Feb. 9
Join us for a Valentine’s evening of song and sumptuous sweets in Marvin Church’s Pirtle Hall. The Marvin Concert Series will present an evening of opera and Broadway favorites featuring members of the Marvin Music Ministry and guest soloists. Tickets will be $10 and will be available in the Welcome Center for purchase
5 p.m. March 18
Sorrow, desire, anger, fear—Verdi’s Requiem is a thrilling journey of intense human emotion, as dramatic as any opera. Performed by the Marvin Chancel Choir and Orchestra with an acclaimed roster of soloists, this is a true choral masterpiece of epic scope.
Vocal Stylings: Kara Story, soprano; Jonathan Chavez, tenor; Jonathan Story, piano and organ
5 p.m. April 29
A wonderful evening you won’t want to miss! The vocal stylings of Kara Story and Jonathan Chavez, accompanied by Jonathan Story. Come hear favorites from the classics to Broadway. This will be an evening you will never forget!
5 p.m. May 20
Jim Broussard, tenor; Jonathan Story, piano
Join us for An Evening of Hymns. The hymn texts take on new meanings and greater dimensions as Jim and Jonathan soar over new harmonies and daring contrasts. Nothing can speak to the heart better than an old hymn performed by musicians who live for the reason behind the message.
Testament of Praise—A Celebration of Faith
8:30 and 11 a.m. June 10
The works of Charles Wesley
This event celebrates the word and message of Charles Wesley (1707-1788). The work of this devout writer has become part of our common Christian vocabulary, transcending the differences of denomination and dogma. We are community when we celebrate worship with the words of Wesley, for they are words filled with deep emotion and thoughtful theology. They represent some of the most insightful expressions in all of Christian hymnody.
July 4th Patriotic Spectacular
4 p.m. July 4
The Marvin Music Ministry presents a patriotic spectacular with marches by John Philip Sousa, Americana and a patriotic sing-along, with readings from foundational American texts and of course the marvelous Marvin Chancel Choir and Jonathan Story on the organ. The Rose City Brass and the Marvin Herald Trumpets will also be on hand to Salute America in grand style.
Contact: JIM BROUSSARD