With Easter just around the corner, the Round Hill Community Church has two special services planned for its parishioners.
The church will hold a unique service on Palm Sunday, March 24, at 10 a.m., when guest trumpeter David Glukh and oboist Boris Baev will play Telemann’s Concerto for trumpet and obo, as part of the worship service. Mr. Telemann was almost completely self-taught in music — he became a composer against his family’s wishes and entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually chose a career in music.
Mr. Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in history, and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time; he was compared favorably both to his friend J.S. Bach and to Handel. His music incorporates several national styles — including French and Italian — and is even, at times, influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical developments and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.
Sunday’s service will also include the Round Hill Community Church Choir, which will sing Jean-Baptiste Faure’s The Palms as an introit and the anthem The Holy City by Stephen Adams.
The church’s Easter Sunday worship service on March 31 will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the joyful Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major by J.S. Bach.
A chamber orchestra will perform the lightest and airiest of the Brandenburgs — the sheer elegance of the pair of flutes, in combination with solo violin, achieves a dancing, translucent tune. While the flutes often play in parallel thirds — always a comfortable interval — there are surprises in store from the violin. Its role in the first movement grows increasingly elaborate, eventually taking flight in waves of thirty-second notes.
The closing presto opens with a fugue built from the bottom up — viola, second violin, first violin (along with solo violin), and finally the flutes on top. The solo violin proceeds to create some striking effects with minimum accompaniment, and some of the movement’s most dramatic moments come when the orchestra drops out entirely, leaving the solo instruments alone in the spotlight. The solo flutist will be Jessica Taskov with Maria Conti as solo violinist.
Tenor Patrick Hogan will be the vocal soloist performing Ralph Vaughan Williams’s stirring Easter from Five Mystical Songs; the setting of a poem by the 16th century poet George Herbert. The Five Mystical Songs are Mr. Vaughan Williams’ first real attempt at setting religious poetry. The choir and chamber orchestra will also perform the Hallelujah Chorus and Worthy is the Lamb from Handel’s Messiah.
Following the Easter Sunday worship, everyone is invited to the adjacent Round Hill Community House for a special coffee hour and Easter Egg Hunt for children.
For more information, call 203-869-1091 or visit Roundhillcommunitychurch.org.