Redeemerites Spotted at All The Hot Art Venues

January 2009

This fall Redeemer’s Arts Greenhouse Culture Club attended arts events at the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, and Metropolitan Opera. Those who purchased tickets received information by email about the art form and the event and gathered before the event to learn more. Many attendees had dinner together beforehand or dessert afterward, made new friends and chatted about the event and other arts experiences they’ve had. 
 
Each event was selected and “hosted” by a Redeemer artist working in that discipline. Classical conductor Miriam Burns (also the director of the East Side morning worship service) hosted the group at the New York Philharmonic, and was joined by the Rev. Mark Robinson—who is also a classical pianist. Ballet dancer Emily SoRelle Adams and modern dancer/choreographer Kimberly Morris hosted us at American Ballet Theatre. For the Metropolitan Opera, hosted by mezzo-soprano Linnea Leonard Kickasola, those of the group still going strong after a 3+ hour opera were joined for dessert by Redeemerite Mark Delavan, who performed one of the lead roles in the production. 
 
We’ve got lots of great plans for 2009, including a tour at the Museum of Modern Art of paintings that changed the way we think about art, and the Broadway production of Waiting for Godot, which comically captures the existential confusion that grew out of the tragedy of war in the early twentieth century. It’s a great way to try something new, get to know other Redeemer folks, learn about the vital (and internationally influential) arts scene going on around us every day in NYC, and experience the best of the best, selected for our congregation by our own artists. To be first in line for tickets, join the Greenhouse/Culture Club’s email list at www.faithandwork.org/greenhouse. Because tickets are limited, we rarely announce the Culture Club’s events to the congregation. 
 
But wait, there’s more! This year Redeemer will celebrate its second annual Arts Month in February, when you’ll get numerous opportunities to learn more about the arts and their spiritual contexts. Rev. Matthew Buccheri and Arts Ministry program director Luann Jennings will co-teach a Saturday School of Gospel Foundations class on “Finding God in the Arts,” the Culture Club will have weekly arts outings, and we’ll have ways for you to get in touch with your “inner artist!” For more information about specific events, and to sign up, visit www.faithandwork.org/artsmonth or look for the flyer in the January 25 Sunday bulletin. Contact arts@redeemer.com for more information. 


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