Welcome to the 2018-2019 season of the Marvin Concert Series. We are excited about the upcoming season of great musical offerings before us, featuring music that spans the centuries and speaks to our souls and being. And what more beautiful place to witness such music than Marvin’s historic majestic sanctuary?
The Mission of the Marvin Concert Series is one of musical outreach to the community, an ecumenical time to welcome all to His presence. For centuries, the church has played an important role in the cultivation and promotion of music and artistic endeavors. God speaks to us through music.
As always, the music offerings are completely free of charge and are held in the sanctuary unless otherwise noted.
Music Appreciation Weekend
Guest Clinician Dr. Eric Posada
8:30 and 11 a.m. Sept. 16
This weekend intensive workshop jump-starts the music season for the choirs in preparation for masterworks to be sung at Christmas and beyond. Chancel Choir and Trinity Singer members take part on Friday night and Saturday morning in rehearsals with an esteemed clinician, who will then conduct the choirs at the traditional service on Music Dedication Sunday.
- 6-9 p.m. Friday Sept. 14
- 8:30 a.m. until noon Saturday Sept. 15
- 8:30 and 11 a.m. traditional services Sunday Sept. 16
1923 silent file The Hunchback of Notre Dame
5 p.m. Oct. 28
Just in time for Halloween, it’s the 1923 silent movie classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Lon Chaney and accompanied by Jonathan Story on the Marvin Church organ. Set in famous Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, this classic movie tells the story of a deformed bellringer, played by Lon Chaney, who gives sanctuary to a beautiful gypsy girl. 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 and heard.
LUX: The Dawn from On High
All Saints Sunday
8:30 and 11 a.m. Nov. 4
LUX: The Dawn from On High is Dan Forrest’s third major work for chorus and orchestra. The five-movement work explores various facets of LUX (Latin for “light”) in texts ranging from ancient liturgical chant and scripture.
12:05 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19
Come spend your midweek with the sounds of the season in 30-minute concerts in the sanctuary. A soup-and-sandwich lunch is available in Pirtle Hall for $5 following the performances.
- Dec. 5 | TJC Concert and Chamber Choir, Dr. Eric Posada, director
- Dec. 12 | StoBro Ensemble
- Dec. 19 | Robinson Handbells
5 p.m. Dec. 9
Sing along with your friends and neighbors, local soloists and orchestra as we raise our voices in Handel's immortal masterpiece. This festive community concert is a do-not-miss for your holiday schedule. The mighty Marvin Chancel Choir will lead this December concert with soloists and orchestra. The entire East Texas community is invited to join us for this wonderful concert.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
8:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 16
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 singing of Christmas carols, hymns and music by our Chancel Choir, Trinity Singers, Robinson and Wesley Handbells, children and youth choirs and orchestra.
7 p.m. Feb. 14
Back by popular demand and now in its fifth year, Opera Amore is an evening of opera and Broadway favorites followed by sumptuous Valentine sweets. The evening features members of Marvin's Music Ministry and guests. Tickets are $10. Call 903.592.7396 for reservations. Book early as this event always sells out.
Mozart mass in c minor, k. 427
Marvin Concert Series
5 p.m. March 31
"No western composer demonstrated a more Shakespearean range of emotion than Mozart."
Great Mass in C minor, K. 427 is the last musical setting of the mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He composed it in Vienna in 1782 and 1783, when he was no longer a church musician of the Salzburg Cathedral. This large-scale work is scored for two soprano soloists, tenor and bass with the Marvin Chancel Choir and orchestra.
Saviour, A Modern Oratorio—The Story of God's Passion for His People
8:30 and 11 a.m. June 9
The work by Greg Nelson and Bob Farrell is about God's passion for His people. The work takes us from creation through resurrection and is a picture of God pursuing His people. A powerful work of magnificent scope and passion, Saviour features the Marvin Chancel Choir, Core musicians, mezzo-soprano, three tenors and baritone with orchestra.
4 p.m. July 4
The Marvin Music Ministry presents a Patriotic Spectacular with works by John Williams and Mack Wilberg and a patriotic sing-along with readings from foundational American text. The marvelous Marvin Chancel Choir with Jonathan Story on the organ, full orchestra and heralding trumpets will be on hand to salute America in grand style. Come early to get a seat as this event is always filled to capacity.
Contact: JIM BROUSSARD