Music lovers gathered on Palm Sunday, April 14th, for the annual spring performance by the St. Peter's Chorus. This year's performance, held at St. Augustine Church, was particularly attuned to Easter with a performance of songs recounting the Passion and the Resurrection.
The Chorus, led by director Maxine Moore, presented a two-part performance retelling the Easter story in song. The first half of the concert had songs done back to back as a single movement to create a narrative leading up to the Crucifixion. Accompanied on organ and piano by keyboardist Denise Germaine, along with Michelle Ackerman on flute and Dale Avison on clarinet, the group performed hymns and operatic pieces with highlighted vocalists.
The group rotated through performances by the men's chorus and the women's chorus to highlight the talents of individual members. Moore explains the structure of the concert's opening, "It's telling the Easter story in song, but we use different arrangements to convey the same emotions. So two different arrangements to tell the story of the Last Supper and three different arrangements to tell the story of the Crucifixion. We felt like it had that flow to put it all together to tell that story."
Just prior to the intermission, the audience was invited to join into the classic 'The Old Rugged Cross'. The second half of the performance featured songs celebrating the Resurrection followed by standard hymns familiar to most congregations. The idea was to finish the concert by presenting songs of praise to uplift the spirits.
The Sunday performance was the second of two spring concerts by St. Peter's Chorus. The group had performed on Friday night at the Philadelphia Mennonite Brethren Church at Watrous.