Hereford Variations & Reception

28 Apr 2019 | 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Place : St. John's Church at 61 Washington St., Newport, RI, and the St. John's Guild Hall, located diagonally across from church at 61 Poplar St. Free parking in lot opposite 25 Willow St.
Cost : $10 suggested donation
Phone : (401) 848-2561

Hereford Variations on Sunday, April 28, at 4:00 p.m. This set of fifteen brief pieces takes listeners on a special Eastertide journey, narrated by the priest and poet Thomas Traherne (1636-1674) as revealed in modern stained glass windows of Hereford Cathedral, England. In the manner of Sir Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, each variation also characterizes a friend to whom it is dedicated. In 2015, St. John’s was the last event of a fifteen-stop, fifteen-month tour debuting the Variations; last August, the St. John’s Choir, composer Peter Stoltzfus Berton and the Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County presented this 40-minute work at Hereford Cathedral itself. Video projection of the stained glass enhances the music. Reception following. $10 suggested donation benefits the Organ Fund.