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When Darkness Comes: Cantatas for Lent and Easter 2020 Tuesday, January 14, 2020

when darkness comes denglerrecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

When Darkness Comes by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler
The many moods of Holy Week are artfully and masterfully depicted through this moving work. Using a fresh approach to tell the ancient story with reverence and awe, this cantata brings the message of Christ’s sacrifice anew while challenging singer and listener alike to reflection and renewal. Performance suggestions are included, offering the option to utilize the work as a Tenebrae service if desired. Optional PowerPoint images are available to enhance the visual impact of the presentation. 20 minutes.

love divine joel raneyLove Divine: A Choral Worship Experience by Joel Raney
Familiar hymns and original music, combined with two narrators reading from scripture, tell the story of Jesus’ final days in this new cantata for the Lent & Easter season. Intentionally, written to be accessible to most choirs, and suitable anytime during the Lent & Easter season. Accompaniment can be provided by piano, or piano plus flute, clarinet, French horn, and cello. Performance time is 30 minutes, so this will fit nicely into a worship service.

worthy is the lamb lloyd larsonWorthy Is the Lamb! by Lloyd Larson
“Worthy Is the Lamb!” is the compelling story of God’s plan to deliver all people from the clutches of sin and death. Lloyd Larson presents this powerful reminder that Isaiah’s prophetic words were fulfilled in Jesus: “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was pierced for our transgressions; crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4–5).

Flexibly conceived for Lent, Holy Week, or Eastertide programming, each of the three sections may be presented during the weeks or days leading up to Easter, or the entire musical may be presented a single worship experience. Small and large choirs alike will find the choral writing appealing and versatile. Accompaniment options ranging from piano only to full orchestra with CD accompaniment or live instruments ensures maximum flexibility for your unique programming needs.

Browse our website for more Lent and Easter cantatas, or contact us to speak with one of our Sheet Music Specialists. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

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