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  • 2014 December 21: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

    December 04, 2016 10:30

    "O Come O Come Emmanuel" is a modernized version of the so called "O Antiphons", a set of pieces traditionally sung at Vespers (evening service) for the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve. Each highlights a different aspect of the Christ, and all are taken from the Book of Isaiah... (more )

  • 2016 November 27: Greensleeves

    November 19, 2016 08:39

    Greensleeves is traditionally ascribed to King Henry VIII. However, the piece is based on an Italian style of composition that did not reach England until after Henry’s death, making it more likely Elizabethan in origin. In Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (written, c.1597; first published in 1602), the character Mistress Ford refers twice to "the tune of ’Greensleeves’", and Falstaff later exclaims: “Let the sky rain potatoes! Let it thunder to the tune of ‘Greensleeves’!”

  • 2016 November 13: Washington Gladden

    November 13, 2016 10:30

    William Gladden (1836-1918) — so named because his great-grandfather served as George Washington's bodyguard during the Revolutionary War — was a Congregational pastor. He served in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio during the post-Civil War industrial era when racial and economic injustice was rampant. People everywhere were searching for a new American ethic. (more )

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