The Triangle Jewish Chorale will give its spring concert on Sunday, May 3, at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 Cornwallis Road.
The chorale under the direction of guest conductor David Stuntz, will sing an eclectic selection of music in a variety of modes and languages, Latino, Hebrew and Yiddish among them.
Stuntz directs the music at Blacknall Presbyterian Church and at the N.C. School of Science and Math.
A highlight will be Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, accompanied by a string quarter. Many of the pieces from the concert will be performed in Buenos Aires in the summer as part of the chorale’s first international singing trip.
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The 3 p.m. concert is free to the public. Donations are welcome at the door.
‘Start by Believing’
Investigators from the Special Victims Unit of the Durham Police Department will speak at the Community Luncheon Roundtable at noon on Thursday at Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.
They will present the “Start By Believing” campaign for victims of sexual violence. The campaign aims to expand response to to victims’ needs, to address the need for change in societal attitudes toward sexual assault and to show how community leaders can lead the way toward change.
Lunch is provided by CORE Catering and the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham. All are welcome to the roundtable that meets in the fellowship hall. Enter in back near the playground.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, ELCA, will host the Rock n’ Roll, R&B and Country cover band “Quench” for a concert Saturday, April 25.
The concert is presented as another in the Joyful Noise series and will be held in the church’s Trinity Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m.
This is a youth and family-friendly event with coffee and light refreshments provided.
Quench is a four-member band that plays songs from the 1970s to the present, including music by the Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Van Morrison, Steve Earle and others.
The concert is free; donations accepted.
The church is located at 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.
Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings and Tympani will be the featured work on the annual Frank Hawkins Kenan Memorial Organ recital Sunday, April 26, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive.
The organ soloist will be Dongho Lee. Joining her in the Poulenc will be the full string section of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, conducted by Lorenzo Muti.
The audience will be enveloped in sound. From the rear will come thrilling sounds of the church’s Flentrop organ, located in the west end balcony. From the front will come lush sounds of the strings, located on the main floor at the east end of the nave.
Organ and strings will be featured in two additional works. Three organ solos will complete the program.
This 4 p.m. recital will close the current season of the St. Stephen’s Concert Series and will be a homecoming of sorts, since the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle evolved years ago from the St. Stephen’s Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets, $25 cash or check only, available at the door. Admission is free for those 18 or under.
‘Fan the Flame’
The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School, will host a weekend retreat May 1-3 on growth and sustainability for small membership churches.
The event, “Fan the Flame,” is for pastors and lay persons and will focus on the unique testimony of growth at the Bladen Charge, a Thriving Rural Communities partner church.
The retreat will explore the lessons learned at the Bladen Charge and the ways other small churches can become more sustainable. Featured speaker will be Francis Daniel, superintendent in the Harbor District. Worship leader is Donna Banks, superintendent in the Corridor District.
The Rev. Garth Hewitt, a British troubadour and gospel singer, will give three North Carolina performances in May as part of a national tour.
Dedicated to peace-building in the Holy Land, the theme is “No Injustice Will Last Forever: One Day the Wall Will Fall!”
Hewitt will appear at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, in a program featuring a singalong with children’s chorus.
He will also perform Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Burlington, co-hosted with First Presbyterian Church of Burlington.
On Monday, May 4, he will appear at St. Mark’s Episcopal in Raleigh. This one at 7:30 p.m. will feature a song honoring the lives of the young Muslim humanitarians Deah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan, who were murdered in February.
Hewitt, an honorary Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem, has been honored by the British Relief and Development Agency Interpal [cq]for his work on behalf of peace and justice in Israel-Palestine.
He has released nearly 40 albums and written 10 books on spirituality, social justice and the arts. In 1985 he founded the Amos Trust, a human rights charity, and served as its director until 2011.
On his visits to areas of poverty, conflict and disaster, he brings to life personal stories behind the headlines and contributes regularly to a BBC Radio series.
A donation of $10 to $20 at the door for adults is suggested, with youth admitted free. His latest releases, including the CD “Something for the Soul,” will be available, along with his new book on the theology of justice, “The Revolution of Love from Bethlehem to the Ends of the Earth.”
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