We welcome everyone to Mondays at Mayflower, occasional free concerts in our beautiful sanctuary and resonant atrium. This music outreach ministry offers free live music by local and international musicians featuring the finest repertoire of sacred and classical music. May these musical offerings enrich our lives, expand our imaginations and fill our spirits.
Free and open to the public. Ample parking.
Vox GR, Grand Rapids’ premiere professional choir, will present a concert on Monday, October 10th at 7:00 PM at Mayflower Congregational Church. The concert, entitled Double Take, is the second concert since the group was founded. The event will feature works related to the number two. Pieces set for double choir, texts describing two lovers, two different settings of the same words, and even a few exciting songs that will make you do a “double take” are all a part of this engaging and varied program.
Admission is free.
More information on the ensemble can be found at www.voxgr.com.
Directed by Dr. Christopher Mason and comprised of sixteen of the city’s best choral musicians, Vox GR’s vision is to use music to transfigure the world through sublime choral experiences which move the heart, engage the intellect, and honor the diversity around us. They will be joined by guest instrumentalists.
In collaboration with GVSU’s PIANO CHAMBER SERIES, we present Letitia Jap, violin, Paul Swantek, viola, Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello, Sookkyung Cho, piano performing music of Cécile Chaminade, Claude Debussy and Gabriel Fauré.
Bill, Ryan and Nathan Potts, Ben Clements and Aaron Bouwman fill the atrium with the warm, full sound of male voices. A fun evening for all ages.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 7PM
Last year’s first Carol Sing was such a success, that we are bringing it back. Instrumentalists of all ages and abilities join in simple carol arrangements to accompany the audience singing. Stories and backgrounds of the seasonal songs stitch the program together.
DECEMBER 11, 10:30AM
Christmas Cantata Sunday: In Terra Pax – Peace on Earth
Mayflower’s Chancel Choir, children and youth choirs, soloists and members of the Grand Rapids Symphony join forces on the third Sunday of Advent. The central work is In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi (1901-1956). To this we add carols by Mack Wilberg and John Rutter, for a music-filled Sunday.
Finzi’s work is a setting of two verses from Robert Bridges’ poem, ‘Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913’, subtitled Pax hominibus bonae voluntatis (Peace and goodwill to all), which Finzi imaginatively and skillfully uses to frame Luke’s account of the angels’ appearance to the shepherds. In Terra Pax is subtitled ‘Christmas Scene’, and Finzi explained that ‘the Nativity becomes a vision seen by a wanderer on a dark and frosty Christmas Eve in our own familiar landscape’. In Terra Pax is a radiant, optimistic work of great beauty and sincerity; a miniature masterpiece that unites emotions, images and the familiar events of the Christmas story into a compelling musical narrative that is at once personal yet universal.