A work of ‘Passion’
The Music at Trinity series at Trinity Lutheran Church resumes April 10 with a performance of William David Cooper’s St. Luke Passion. Cooper’s staging of the story of Jesus’ betrayal, suffering, crucifixion and death is a 60-minute work in English for singers, strings, harp, percussion and organ. The work was commissioned and premiered last year at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan under the direction of Cantor Balint Karosi. Soprano Addy Sterrett, who sang the first performance last year, will star in the performance at Trinity Lutheran Church, singing the role of Jesus. Other singers include Travis Benoit (tenor), Nicholas Tocci (baritone), Christine Petkus (soprano) and Devon Russo (bass-baritone). Mark Mummert, cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church, will lead the chamber ensemble which includes violinists Krista Buckland Reisner and Yulia Potvin, violists Lu Yu and Peter Sulski, cellists Joshua Rohde and Johann Soults, double bassist Andrew Arceci and percussionist Pieter Struyk. The composer, William David Cooper, will be the organist. Face masks are encouraged but not required. The performance will also be streamed live. All participants, whether in person or online, are invited to donate $25.
What: Saint Luke Passion — William David Cooper
When: 4 p.m. on April 10
Or: Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St., Worcester, and streamed live at www.vimeo.com/trinityworcester
How much: $25 donation. More information at www.trinityworc.org/music-at-trinity
Through the “secret door”
Peter Gross, a Boston-area mind reader, comedian, hypnotist and sleight-of-hand artist, will be heading to JMAC’s BrickBox Theater via “The Secret Doorway” on April 14. In fact, that’s the name of his show as he reveals his thoughts, predicts what you’ll do next, and acts as a human lie detector. The show takes audiences on a highly interactive and intellectual roller coaster ride of “impossible outcomes”. Gross has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, the National Theater of Canada, and on national television.
What: Peter Gross presents “The Secret Doorway: Magic + Mind Reading”
When: 7:30 p.m. on April 14
Or: The BrickBox Theater at JMAC, 20B Franklin St., Worcester
How much: $23.50 to $43.50. www.jmacworcester.org
Both traditional and new
Classical guitarist Michael Poll and flautist Emi Ferguson perform “The Court, the Palace, the Ocean, the Trees” at the Stone Church Cultural Center in Gilbertville on April 10. Poll and Ferguson’s original arrangements of music from JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations, two Scarlotti Sonatas, Piazzola’s “History of Tango” and music by contemporary composers Torō Takemitsu, Elizabeth Ogonek and Gabriella Ortiz promise to please fans. traditional and imaginative new music.
What: “The Court, the Palace, the Ocean, the Trees” – Michael Poll and Emil Ferguson
When: 2 p.m. on April 10
Or: Stone Church Cultural Center, 283 Main Street (Route 32), Gilbertville
How much: $25. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/friendsofthestonechurch/644691/. A subscription to the 2022 Concerts at the Stone Church seven-concert series, including a silent film by Peter Krasinski and two free Concerts on the Lawn, is available for $100.
Tribute to Clapton
Journeyman is the only nationwide touring tribute to the great British guitarist Eric Clapton. The band was founded by Shaun Hague, who has built an excellent guitar resume in his own right, including being named “The Best Young Blues Guitarist” by The House of Blues. Journeyman also features Robert Monroe (keyboards/vocals), Darius Peterson (drums) and Laura Lopardo (backing vocals). Together they deliver a performance of all aspects of Clapton’s career with hits such as ‘Layla’, ‘Tears In Heaven’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Change The World’ and many more.
What: Companion : Tribute to Eric Clapton
When: 7:30 p.m. on April 14 (doors open for dinner and seating at 5:30 p.m.)
Or: Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley
How much: $35. www.bullrunrestaurant.com
Protest and satire
“Sometimes humor is the most effective way to point out nonsense or deal with abuse of power,” said poster collector Stephen Lewis. His exhibition “Bushwhackers and Other Misleaders” this month at the Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library in Dudley consists of posters challenging the policies and actions of those who are or were in power around the world. Among those receiving the satirical treatment are George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, FW De Klerk (former President of South Africa), father and daughter LePens of the French Nationalist Party, and Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister . Lewis is a retired labor leader who has been collecting posters for 20 years and exhibiting in numerous venues across Massachusetts.
What: “Bushwhackers and Other Misleaders” – An international exhibition of posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis
When or: Until April 27. Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library, 40 Schofield Ave. Dudley. Open Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call (508) 949-8021