Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 pm
From Grief to Grace:
Music and Poetry to Lead Us Through the Darkness
with Nigel Armstrong
A moving candlelit event of music and poetry as we trace the emotional journey from grief to surrender, consolation, hope and peace. Featured pieces will be the Partita for Unaccompanied Violin in d minor, written by JS Bach after the death of his first wife, the Dvorak Romance in f minor for violin and piano in f minor (written by the composer as a lamentation after the death of two of his children) and two spiritually transcendent works by Estonian composer Arvo Part: Fratres and Spiegel im Spiegel. Nigel Armstrong, violin, is the concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony who is a featured soloist across the world. A mere 30 years old, he entered the spiritual community of Plum Village under the direction of Thich Nhat Hahn after he winning recognition as a winner in several international competitions including being the only American finalist in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. He will be joined by his musical partner of the past year, pianist Kayleen Asbo, with poetry recited by renowned arts activist Doug Von Koss.