Old Christmas Concert
The St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle
Friday, January 6, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
The St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle invites you to celebrate Old Christmas with them on Friday, January 6, at 7:30pm for a Faith & Arts Concert at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Old Christmas is when we hold our breath as the Twelve Days of Christmastide end and the Season of Epiphany begins. Old Christmas is when we listen for the voice of the natural world and the voice of the Spirit to speak to us.
So come. Listen. We will offer traditional, original, and contemporary songs of this special turning when the stars and the elements tremble with glee. You will hear it in the African American carol: “Hurry on my weary soul, I heard from Heaven today” and in Bruce Cockburn’s song: “You can’t tell me there is no mystery; it’s everywhere I turn.” You’ll hear it from Andrea Edith Moore, our special guest, her voice embodying “O Holy Night” with awe and majesty. And you’ll hear it from the circle’s resident poet Cindy Stevens whose words will be interspersed with our songs.
Tickets ($10) and Reservations are available by stopping by, calling, or emailing the church office.
919-732-9308; 210 St. Mary’s Road
Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm: A Concert by Mary Rocap
Mary Rocap will perform live in concert at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm.
Mary was awarded a NC Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship for Songwriting grant year 2001/2002 and has released four CDs: “Sweet Mimosa” (2002), “Indian Summer” (2005), “Hallelujah! Amen.” (2007), and “Deep December Dreams” (2011).
Her songs find inspiration from two main sources. The first is the natural world and our place within it; the sea and stars are prominent features of her landscape. The other is her attempt to walk in faith, acknowledging that doubt is never far behind. In addition to pursuing music, she is a quilter, baker, bookkeeper, and chronicler of her backyard flock of chickens.
Tickets are $10 and are available from the church office (919-732-9308; email@example.com) and also at the door. All tickets include your choice of a complimentary Mary Rocap CD as well. Light reception to follow.
Mike Wiley’s DAR HE: The Story of Emmett Till
March 5 – 20, 2022 | Online Streaming and In-Person Community Discussion
In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand — a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching.
Click here to view the DAR HE trailer
St. Matthew’s hosted streaming access to Mike Wiley’s DAR HE: The Story of Emmett Till from March 5 – March 19 followed by a community discussion.
Mike Wiley is currently named the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ Artist in Residence.
On March 29, 2022, after 200 failed attempts, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act was signed into law by President Biden which now makes lynching a federal hate crime.