Stanford Memorial Church (Wikimedia Commons)

Easter Eve at Stanford's Memorial Church

Stanford Daily reported on Saturday,
April 19, a free performance will be held
at Memorial Church to celebrate Easter—
music of Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, & Gounod.

Rudy was interested, so we've come here
for "There is a Balm in Gilead: An Easter
Celebration of Christ". I took ceiling photos
of Archangels Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael.

The hour & half program began at 3:30 pm with
James Welch at the organ. Tenor Mason Neipp
sang from Handel's Messiah "Comfort Ye
My People Every Valley Shall Be Exalted".

Violinist Mark Oshida, former concertmaster
at Carnegie Hall played Samuel Webbe's
"Come Ye Disconsolate" and J.S. Bach's
"Erbarme Dich" from St. Matthew Passion.

Mezzo-soprano Ariel Bybee with over
400 performances at Metropolitan Opera
sang the Bach aria brilliantly as well as
Charles Gounod's "O Divine Redeemer".

Welch played Organ Sonata #3 in A Major
of Felix Mendelssohn's "Con Moto Maestoso".
Operatic soprano Jennie Litster sang
"Weepin' Mary" & "Abide with Me, Tis Eventide".

Law Professor Robert Daines told closing story—
“My wife reminds her class 'The real importance
of Easter begins with RE' and a boy yelled out
'RECYCLE!' — that's Palo Alto for you!”

        Peter Y. Chou
        Mountain View, 4-19-2014