If you love choral music, and love your neighbor, you’ll want to be at St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church next Sunday, March 5, for the free “Music of Praise and Peace” concert. This free event brings together five choirs from local churches to share their music across denominations and across boundaries.
The concert was conceived by St. John’s Peace and Justice Committee as it sought an initiative to help the church be more in touch with the people of the City of Chester, which borders Wallingford less than a half-mile from the church. Committee and church member Nora Burridge said, “When the idea of music came up, the group looked at me as the retired choral director at Ridley High School. I started with our Catholic counterpart in Chester, St. Katharine Drexel. We were thinking gospel, and it turns out St. Katharine also has a Spanish choir, so we broadened things.”
Completing the lineup are Voices of Samuel from First Pentecostal Church, Shiloh Baptist Church Mass Choir, and St. John’s Adult Choir. The program begins and ends with all voices combining, on “All Are Welcome” and then “Amazing Grace.” In between, each choir will perform for 15 minutes of “Music from their tradition of praise and worship; music that’s meaningful to them,” Burridge says.
All are invited to remain in the sanctuary for festive fellowship following the concert, which provides further chances to make new contacts. The events are free and open to anyone.
St. John Chrysostom is located at 617 S. Providence Road in Wallingford. For information on the performance and the work of the Justice and Peace Committee (which in addition to outreach also focuses on gun violence and fair trade), call the church at (610) 874-3418, ext. 106.