IF YOU GO
What: The Roueche Chorale's "Colors of Grace."
When: 7 p.m. Monday.
Where: Concord Baptist Church, 7025 East Brainerd Road.
The Roueche Chorale will observe Holy Week with a free concert of music and narration, "Colors of Grace," on Monday at Concord Baptist Church in East Brainerd.
This will be the chorale's 11th performance of the Joseph Martin work, but its colorful pageantry and poignant music continue to draw full houses. The 58-voice chorale will be accompanied by a 17-piece orchestra.
"The service is similar to a Lessons and Carols service, but shorter," said director Jeff Roueche. Verses from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 15, are read between the musical pieces. Through the music and Scripture, lessons of service, obedience, humility and forgiveness are explained. Four colors of grace are symbolized by the music:
• Red: the cup at the Last Supper.
• White: the basin used by Jesus to wash the feet of his disciples.
• Purple: the crown of thorns.
• Black: the cross.
Featured soloists will be soprano Maria Rist and tenor Todd Gaither. George Taylor will narrate the Scripture passages.
"This Holy Week cantata will provide the listener an opportunity to reflect at the foot of the cross, mourn the dying Christ and find rest in the promise of salvation," said Roueche. "I hope that all who attend this scriptural-based program will be drawn closer to our Savior. Experiencing 'Colors of Grace' will lead the listener to humbly come and thank the Lord for all he has done for us," he said.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...