A CELEBRATION of PSALMS$10
2018 GREAT HYMNS OF FAITH CHORAL FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 21, 2018
LOCATION: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870
For Tickets: CALL: Sandusky State Theatre at (419) 626-1950
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LIFT Choral Festival
Sunday, October 21, 2018 4:00pm at Sandusky State Theatre
Michael Shirtz, Conductor
Firelands Symphony Chorale
LIFT Festival Chorus
Firelands Symphony Chamber Orchestra
ABOUT THE 2018 GREAT HYMNS OF FAITH FESTIVAL
LIFT (Living in Faith Together) presents their annual choral festival for choirs and singers throughout Northwest Ohio. The Great Hymns of Faith Choral Festival entitled “Celebration of Psalms” features singers from regional church choirs in the Festival Chorus and the Firelands Symphony Chorale. The festival provides singers the opportunity of engaging in faith and music making while celebrating great anthems of faith that reflect the message of the Reformation and togetherness of the human spirit.
The Festival Chorus meets for a weekend of rehearsals and sessions that culminate with an afternoon concert featuring a series of reflections of psalms, hymns, and classical, contemporary, and gospel musical selections, including “Eagles Wings” and “I Sing Because I’m Happy.” The concert will also feature the Firelands Symphony Chorale presenting Anton Bruckner’s Psalm 150.
The festival’s clinician/artistic director is conductor Michael Shirtz, who is known for his passion in presenting choral music and finding faith through song. Most noted for his work in jazz, composition, and commercial music, Shirtz is an active conductor and musical director whose credits include masterworks, festivals, educational programs, musical theatre, and dramatic multimedia productions. Shirtz is the conductor of the Firelands Symphony Chorale and director of choral programs at Lakeside Chautauqua.
Pastor Jody Rice, Senior Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont, Ohio and member of the LIFT organizations shared, “Martin Luther once wrote, “Music is a gift and grace from God, not an invention by men.” The Great Hymns of Faith Festival is a gift to our community sponsored by LIFT-Living in Faith Together. Michael Shirtz, gifted conductor and director, creates a magnificent performance. He gathers us together from all around Northwestern Ohio…and we sing…sharing one voice about the love of God. Splendid and glorious!”
Now in its fourth year, LIFT (Living in Faith Together) organization has brought in various conductors to work with singers in presenting programs that promote the themes of unity and faith through music, hymns, and reflections. Presented during the month of Reformation, this festival is built upon the themes of Martin Luther’s work through faith, scripture, grace, Christ, and Glory of God. Regardless of one’s denomination or spiritual journey, the LIFT choral festival and concert is truly and ecumenical experience for all who participate and attend.
GREAT HYMNS OF FAITH CONCERT
“A Celebration of Psalms”
Sunday, October 21, 4:00PM
Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH
Tickets $10 | For tickets call 419-626-1950 or go to sanduskystate.com