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"Peace Ascends" Cantata this Sunday in Southlake

posted Apr 12, 2011, 6:30 PM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Apr 20, 2011, 3:50 PM by AGLC Webmaster ]

Peace Ascends Cantata

 honors Lutheran killed in Haiti 

Sacred music in memory of

 Ben Larson 

When Lutheran seminary student Ben Larson was killed in the Haiti earthquake last year, his story inspired Dr. Stephen Johnson of Southwestern Baptist Seminary, to begin work on a new cantata. That piece of sacred music, “Peace Ascends,” will be performed by the seminary’s Master Chorale in its world premiere this week: Thursday, April 14, at the seminary campus in Fort Worth, and April 17 at White’s Chapel in Southlake. 

Ben, his wife Renee and his cousin Jonathan, all students at Wartburg Seminary, were serving the young Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti. The three were caught walking through the empty banquet hall of the orphanage where they were housed when the earthquake hit. Renee and Jonathan survived in the collapsed building and dug their way out. Searching for Ben, they heard him singing in the wreckage below, “Give us Your peace, we pray.” 

The second movement of “Peace Ascends” is dedicated to Ben’s memory, “a response to tragedy from a Christian point of view.” Also on the program is Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D Minor.” 

No tickets are required for the seminary concert at 7:30 P.M. in Truett Auditorium, 2001 W. Seminary Drive, Fort Worth. Call 817-923-1921, ext. 6990, with questions. White’s Chapel is a United Methodist church located at 185 S White Chapel Blvd in Southlake
[http://www.whiteschapelumc.com/#]. The concert is at 7:00 P.M. A $10 donation is requested at the door.

Taken from NT-NL Mission Area Info Mail