Bach Vespers at St. Thomas – April 27

The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble will premiere a new Easter Cantata, The Firstfruits of Them That Slept, by composer Douglas Pew at the Bach Vespers, Sunday, April 27, 6pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Joining the CBE will be soloists Kate Tombaugh, James Onstad, and Michael Young, along with the St. Thomas Parish Choir, all under the direction of Carlton Monroe.

Also featured is Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Doug Lindsay, who will perform the Concerto for Trumpet in Eb Major by Jan Krtitel Jiri Neruda as part a prelude recital.

Dr. Pew is Adjunct Professor of Composition and Theory at Northern Kentucky University and Composer-in-Residence at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, OH. His accolades include commissions and performances from the Washington National Opera at the John F. Kennedy Center, Atlanta Opera 24-hour Project, NANOWorks Opera Company, Polish Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, Ascend Voices, Miami University Men’s Glee Club, Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, and various church choirs. He received a Fulbright Grant to study sacred choral composition at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. Other prizes include a commission from the Barlow Endowment for New Music at BYU, 1st prize in the 2009 SCI/ASCAP Student Composers Commission Competition, multiple awards from the Musica Sacra International Choral Composition Competition in Poland, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival and School. He also received multiple grants from the Tangeman Sacred Music Center at the University of Cincinnati, and honorable mentions in the Finale/Eighth Blackbird competition and ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize. His choral music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Jackman Music, and his own publishing house, Blue Shore Music.

New Adult Forum Series

A new Adult Forum 5-week series begins Sunday, March 30, 9:15-10 a.m. Marcus Borg will present Embracing an Adult Faith: What It Means to Be Christian. A brief DVD presentation will be followed by comments from the formation team led by Fr. Daniel Grossoehme. Table discussions will offer opportunity to listen, ponder and share views of the presentation. All views welcome! Come grow in faith with us. Bring your friends, too. A continental breakfast will be offered by the hospitality team in the Parish Hall.

MT.T.O.P. Partnership

St Thomas will have two young adults, Stacy Purcell and Jon Saxton, on summer staff at Mt TOP this summer. Stacy will be a YSM(Youth Summer Ministry) Camp Director and Jon will be a YSM Ministry Coordinator. Mt TOP operates on a partnership basis. Its summer staff are required to partner with their home churches, families, and friends to raise half of their salary plus living expenses($2,400 for Stacy, $2,200 for Jon). Stacy and Jon are grateful for this opportunity to share their God given gifts in His calling this summer and would appreciate your spiritual, emotional , or financial support. Please fill out an partnership form (available online and via CONNECTIONS) and mail it to Mt TOP at the address provided on the form. Thank you for your support. Stacy & Jon.