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‘Voices for Justice’ at St. Mary’s

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Article Published: Aug. 8, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 11, 2013
‘Voices for Justice’ at St. Mary’s

The choir at St. Mary of the Hills will present ‘Voices for Justice: Life in the Big Boat’ Saturday, Aug. 10.

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The choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will present “Voices for Justice: Life in the Big Boat” on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the nave of the church.

Patterned on the familiar lessons and carols of the Advent season, this concert will feature readings from both scripture and secular literature that focus on issues of justice and relationship.

The concert title refers to the broadness of Mahayana (“big boat”) Buddhism. It is presented in memory of Dr. Ken McKinney, an internationally known professor of geology at Appalachian State University, who was a founder and long-time member of the choir at St. Mary’s and was instrumental in the choir’s development as one of the premier choral ensembles of the region.

The concert is part of a weekend of music in honor of McKinney (informally called “KenFest” by the choir), including “Sung Compline” on Friday evening, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m.

According to St. Mary’s, “‘Compline’ is a very beautiful and brief (15-minute) way to put the day to bed.”

The weekend ends with a sung mass on Sunday morning, Aug. 11, at 10:10 a.m. Music will include a short setting of the mass by 20th century British-Canadian composer Healey Willan, along with Anton Bruckner’s “Os justi” and the spiritual, “I Wanna Be Ready.”

For more information, contact St. Mary of the Hills at (828) 295-7323. The church is located on Main Street in Blowing Rock.

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