Temple church to screen performance of ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ in honor of Pentecost

  • The Temple Congregational Church will hold a screening of Gustav Mahler's Symphony #8 this Sunday, marking Pentecost. Courtesy photo—

Published: 6/5/2019 2:33:54 PM

The Temple Congregational Church will be screening a DVD of a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand in honor of Pentecost this Sunday.

The DVD is a performance in 1975, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

Mahler based the first movement of this work on the Pentecost hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus” (Come, Creator Spirit), which is also the basis for other Pentecost chorales, including those by Martin Luther and J.S. Bach.

Pentecost is a Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus, held on the seven weeks after Easter.

The piece is scored for a very large orchestra with organ, three choirs and eight vocal soloists. The screening will start with a short talk about the work and a local organist playing one of the Bach chorales and the Martin Luther hymn on the 110-year-old tracker organ in the church. 

The screening will begin at 2 p.m. at the Temple Congregational Church in Temple. The event is free and open to all, with donations accepted on behalf of the Monadnock Chorus.


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