Good Friday Concert: Pardon Our Dust: Remembrance/ Perdona Nuestra Polvo:Remembranza

Pardon Our Dust: Remembrance Concert

Friday, April 2, 2010

7:30 pm
Sanctuary, Calvary Baptist Church

No tickets required; donations accepted to Shalom Scholarship Fund ($10 suggested)

Serate Musicali announces its next concert event, “Pardon our Dust: Remembrance”, in conjunction with the Calvary Presents Concert series, April 2, 2010, at 7:30 pm, in the historic sanctuary of the Calvary. This is the fourth in our annual presentations of rare and unknown sacred works.

This year’s concert features a rare performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s transcription of the Giovanni Pergolesi Stabat Mater, in remembrance of the 300thth anniversary of Pergolesi’s birth and in commemoration of Good Friday.

Bach’s transcription of Pergolesi’s work, replaces the 13th century Stabat Mater text with a free-text translation of Psalm 51, one of the repentance Psalms cited by Martin Luther. Written later in his life, the transcription shows Bach’s continued interest in new forms of music such as that from the Italian Pergolesi.

The program also includes Bach’s solo cantata, BWV 82, “Ich habe genug.” Returning to the series is contralto Susan Sevier and the Chalice Chamber Ensemble under the baton of Dr. Cheryl Branham. Making her series debut is soprano Elaine Dalbo.

Susan Sevier is equally at home in oratorio, opera, and theatrical musicals, and received critical acclaim for her recent performances of Haydn’s Stabat Mater, “Erda” in Wagner’s Das Rheingold with the Washington National Wagner Society and “The Witch” in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Maryland Opera Society.

Elaine Dalbo made her operatic debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Locally she has sung with the Alexandria Symphony, The Capital City Symphony, at the Kennedy Center, and with Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera Bel Canto and appeared as “Meg” in Summer Opera’s Little Women.

Dr. Branham is the music director at Calvary Baptist, former Asst. Conductor of the Washington Chorus under Donald Schaeffer, and a frequent conductor on series such as the St. Luke’s Concert Series in McLean.

The performance is a benefit for Shalom Scholarship, a scholarship designed to help students in El Salvador, where public education ends at the 8th grade, to finish high school and go to college. “

For information about this event, contact Susan Bear, Director, Serate Musicali, at or visit

Perdona Nuestra Polvo: Remembranza
Viernes, 2 Abril 2010 – 7:30 pm
Santuario Iglesia Bautista el Calvario,
755 8
th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

No se necesita boleto; se aceptan donaciones al fondo de becas Shalom ($10 sugerencia)

Serate Musicali anuncia su próximo concierto, Perdona Nuestra Polvo:Remembranza en conjunto con la serie de conciertos Calvary Presenta. El evento se llevará a cabo el 2 de Abril de 2010, a las 7:30 de la noche, en el santuario histórico del Iglesia Bautista el Calvario (755 8th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001).

Este concierto será la cuarta presentación anual de música sagrada realizada por “Calvary Presenta”.

El concierto interpretará la transcripción del Stabat Mater de Giovanni Pergolesi hecho por Johann Sebastian Bach, en memoria del 300 aniversario del nacimiento de Pergolesi y en conmemoración del Viernes Santo. El programa también incluirá la cantata Ich habe genug, también escrito por Bach.

La contralto Susan Sevier y el grupo de musica de Cámara Chalice vuelven otra vez a “Calvary Presenta”, bajo ladirección de la Dra. Cheryl Branham. La Soprano Elaine Dalbo debutará en esta serie.

El concierto es a beneficio del Fondo de Becas Shalom, el cual provee becas a estudiantes Salvadoreños para la finalización de sus estudios de bachillerato y para realizar estudios superiores.

Para obtener más información sobre este concierto, contacta a Susan Sevier, Directora de Serate Musicali: o visita

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