Press Release from Idlewild Church
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: MARCH 1, 2011
EVENT: SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 4:00 P.M.
“THE POETRY OF J.S. BACH” CONCERT
IDLEWILD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1750 UNION AVE.
CONTACTS: TED GIBBONEY, GIBBONEY@IDLEWILDCHURCH.ORG OR 901-726-4681
PEGGY MCCLURE, PEG.MCCLURE@GMAIL.COM OR 901-327-3773
MEMPHIS, TN: A concert of violin, organ and narration, “The Poetry of J.S. Bach”, will be presented by Susanna Perry Gilmore, local violinist, John Thornburg, guest poet, and Ted Gibboney, Music Director at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, 1750 Union Avenue, Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m. Thornburg will spin a narrative introduction to each piece on the program that explores the music of Bach as a nexus of expression. In addition to works by Bach, the program will include works by Bach’s older contemporary Dietrich Buxtehude, and the more recent composers Chris DeBlasio, Naji Hakim, and Daniel-Lésur. Located at 1750 Union Avenue in Midtown Memphis.
During her tenure as Concertmaster for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Gilmore’s performance and entrepreneurial abilities have contributed to a wide variety of musical programs. In addition to performances of the solo violin repertory of orchestral and chamber music, she is a major force in the MSO Opus 1 performances that experiment with presenting non-traditional programs outside the concert hall. She has arranged stage music for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and frequently plays fiddle with her husband Barry in the Celtic band Planet Reel. She will soon appear in both dramatic and musical roles in the film Narcissus, filmed on location in Lithuania.
Thornburg is a poet/preacher/singer who believes in the power of the gospel. He loves to laugh with others and at himself. In his 22 years of parish ministry, he was known as an innovative worship leader and teacher as well as an inspiring preacher. He has led singing in local churches from Boston to Berkeley, at youth gatherings and retirement centers and at both regional and national conventions. Thornburg has also led singing in several west African congregations during his work with the Cameroon Mission of the United Methodist Church and is Senior Editor of a multi-lingual hymnal for the church. He has published a large corpus of hymn texts with many of the prominent composers of our day and is the President of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.
In addition to working with the ordained staff in the preparation of weekly worship services, Gibboney works with both professional and lay musicians in a music programs for all ages while supervising a busy concert series. He has played throughout Europe and the United States and has recorded three CDs.
Upcoming special music at Idlewild includes a narrative cantata, “Sermon from the Mountain”, by the well-known American composer Alice Parker, Sunday, April 10, 11:00 a.m. and a Memphis in May carillon concert honoring Belgium, featuring David Caudill and Peggy McClure, carillonneurs.
Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Midtown Memphis strives to be a warm and welcoming community of faith. In addition to the beautiful music of pipe organ, strings, carillon and voices, Idlewild is filled with faith and fellowship and a sense of mission to the community. Idlewild is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), a member of Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) and a www.explorefaith.org partner. For information about church programs and events, please visit the web site at www.idlewildchurch.org or call the church office at 901-726-4681.