First Presbyterian Offers Lenten Musical Programs


First Presbyterian Church of Tyler offers the community three widely-varying styles of music to nourish souls during the Lenten season. All concerts are given at no charge for admission and begin at 5 p.m. on their respective Sunday afternoons.

The setting is the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 230 West Rusk Street, Tyler. The building is handicapped-accessible, with parking available on the west and south sides of the building.

The Tudor Rose Ensemble opens the series with “Cathedral Echoes” featuring a choral evensong on March 16. This group, directed by Donald Duncan, made its debut at Soul Food 2013. It is composed of talented volunteer and professional singers drawn from various local ensembles.

The evensong service is taken from the Anglican liturgy rooted in the 16th century English Reformation. It is regularly sung in British cathedrals and larger American churches but rarely heard in smaller cities.

On March 30, the series welcomes soprano Angela Brown and pianist Kelleen Strutz in a program titled “Watch and Pray.” Brown, who made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004, will offer arias, sacred art songs, and spirituals. Strutz, who is a singer as well as pianist, works in the genres of both classical and jazz music.

An afternoon of music in the traditions of southern gospel and African-American spirituals concludes the series on April 13. The program features members of the chancel choir of First Presbyterian Church with Donald Duncan at the piano.

A complete brochure on the 2013-2014 fine arts series is available for download at All programs are open to the community at no charge.

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