Press Release from Idlewild Presbyterian Church:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 11, 2011
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 4:00 P.M.
“WE REMEMBER: AN INTERFAITH SERVICE OF MUSIC AND PRAYER”
IDLEWILD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1750 UNION AVE.
TED GIBBONEY, GIBBONEY@IDLEWILDCHURCH.ORG, OR 726-4681
PEGGY MCCLURE, PEG.MCCLURE@GMAIL.COM OR 901-327-3773
MEMPHIS, TN: The tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be commemorated in an interfaith service led by community clergy, prayers of memory, mourning and peace, interwoven around two musical pieces performed by the Idlewild Presbyterian Church Adult Choir, the Rhodes College Singers and the Idlewild Community Orchestra. Dr. William Skoog of Rhodes will direct the musicians in this free service to be held Sunday, September 11, 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Idlewild Presbyterian Church, 1750 Union Avenue in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.
The two musical works are Samuel Barber’s elegiac Adagio for Strings and Memorial, the oratorio written in the months immediate following the tragedy of 9/11 by American composer and choral conductor René Clausen. Memorial is a dramatic musical depiction of the tragedy, but more importantly, it is a plea for mercy, understanding and peace. In a musical gesture for interfaith dialogue and understanding, the choral text and references to God are made in Hebrew, Aramaic and English. Leading the service in prayer will be clergy from Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Christian congregations from throughout Memphis.
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 a church filled with faith and fellowship and a sense of mission to the community. Located at 1750 Union Avenue in Midtown Memphis, the church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA). For information about church, please visit www.idlewildchurch.org or call 901-726-4681.