Lenten Vespers of Reflection with Britten's "Abraham and Isaac"

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Mezzo soprano Melissa Plagemann and tenor James Brown sing at Vespers of Reflection for Lent on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 5:00 pm.

Vespers of Reflection is a time to listen to readings and music about how God has redeemed all people. There will be no sermon.

As part of this service, Plagemann and Brown sing Canticle II, "Abraham and Isaac," Opus 51, by Benjamin Britten. Composed in January 1952, this tells the tale of what happened Abraham heard God command him offer up his own child Isaac for sacrifice. The individual soloists are the father and son. 

Together, singing in rhythmic unison, the soloists are the voice of God.

The text of "Abraham and Isaac" comes from the Chester Mystery Plays. It comes from the Binding of Isaac found in Genesis 22.1-19. This music will come alive in the wonderful acoustic of Church of the Redeemer, accompanied with a Chickering grand piano.