HONESDALE - Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale will be the site for a special event Good Friday, April 18th, a presentation of Giovanni Pergolesi's musical adaptation of the sacred text, Stabat Mater Dolorosa.
HONESDALE - Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale will be the site for a special event Good Friday, April 18th, a presentation of Giovanni Pergolesi’s musical adaptation of the sacred text, Stabat Mater Dolorosa.
The Stabat Mater is a traditional inclusion in the Good Friday observances, typically used at the conclusion of observance of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Soloists Grace Hosie and Lisa van Muilekom will be accompanied on the organ by Rev’d Edward Erb, rector of Grace Church.
Pergolesi (1710-1736) wrote his setting of Stabat Mater shortly before his early death at age 26. Pergolesi is considered by many to be the Italian Bach or Handel. Sadly, his output is limited.
The evening service at Grace Church will include a version of the Stations of the Cross, where the faithful remember significant moments in Jesus’ Crucifixion. Stabat Mater recalls the sorrows of Mary the Mother of Jesus. Pergolesi’s setting comprises solos and duets with only two singers and accompaniment.
Grace Hosie, soprano, is a native of Scranton. While living and studying in Germany she performed extensive choral repertoire in Germany, France, Italy and Luxembourg with Bonner Bach Gemeinschaft and Philharmonic Chorus of the city of Bonn.
Locally, she has appeared as soprano soloist with Opera IV / Mostly Opera and more recently with LaVoce in Trial by Jury and Die Fledermaus, and the Ekumen Chorale, as well as soprano soloist at Kickory Street Presbyterian Church in Scranton.
Last fall, Grace was the featured performer in an evening of early and Renaissance music at the Olde Victoria in Carbondale.
Lisa van Muilekom, alto, is a Dutch musician and impresario with a special interest in early music. Her arts chateaux in Belgium and Holland draw audiences for international artists both new and seasoned. Lisa studied harpsichord with Pieter Jan Belder and also plays piano and recorder. Most recently she opened the Olde Victora in Carbondale as an arts center.
The service and concert begin at 7:00pm. The public is invited to attend.
A free-will offering will benefit the organ fund at Grace Church. For more information, call the Church at (570) 253-2760.