SYCAMORE – The joy of resurrection continues with the Sycamore United Methodist Spring Choral Celebration on April 14 at 5 p.m. and April 15 at 8:30 and 10 a.m.
There will be a wide variety of music, including gospel, calypso, and a rare performance of portions of Bach’s Third Motet.
The theme is Favorites 2, and Pastor Dan Swinson’s dream has been to perform Bach’s Third Motet in a church he is serving.
He had previously performed the work while he was at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Music Director Bev Rauch has been teaching the adult choir portions of it, and hired a group of professional singers to perform other parts as an ensemble.
“The Motet was written for the funeral of the wife of the postmaster in Bach’s hometown," Swinson said in a news release. "It is not in praise of an individual. It is not about the troubles of life or the sorrows of death. Instead, it is a resounding celebration of the Christian faith, especially the Christian holding on to Jesus for everything.”
Other groups that will be featured in the program are the Kids' Choir, directed by Phyllis Horst and Cris Woodin, Men’s Trio, consisting of Ken Olson, Doug Kenney and Larry Welch, and Paul and Marcia Watson with Phyllis Horst.
Craig Fritz is the accompanist for the choir, and other instrumentalists include Dani Pivonka on violin, Jim Selig on Saxophone and Tim Keller on percussion.
The church is located at 160 Johnson Ave. in Sycamore. Child care is provided at the 10 a.m. Sunday service.
For more information contact the church office at 815-895-9113, or visit the church website at www.sycamoreumc.org.