Posted January 20, 2017
"Psalms of Mercy" Concert is
Music With a Mission
Feb. 25, 2017
Special event will benefit the Phoenix Rescue Mission
Everyone is invited to Psalms of Mercy, a free concert of exciting, original music and visual media. The event is presented by Music Serving the Word Ministries and will benefit the Phoenix Rescue Mission. This free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at North Bible Church, 15678 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite 101, Scottsdale, Arizona. (Google map)
Psalms of Mercy features renowned vocalists Carl Herrgesell, Carol Rogers, Chris Mack, and an all-star college choir. The music will be performed by composer/pianist, Chuck Marohnic, accompanied by some of the valley’s best professional musicians. The concert will explore the depth and beauty of the Psalms, using the language of modern music, with an emphasis on Psalms describing God’s mercy.
Chuck Marohnic's career spans more than four decades as a respected pianist, educator, author, director, composer and arranger. Also the Emeritus Director of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University, Marohnic is featured on more than fifty CDs and has published fifteen books. Marohnic launched his project, Psalms Reborn, after reflecting on the original Psalms of the Bible, which were written as musical compositions to be sung, not merely read.
Remarkably, Marohnic has written original compositions for all one hundred-fifty Psalms in five years. Each song is being recorded by Music Serving the Word Ministries (MSW) and are available to church musicians and worship teams that want to explore a new way of presenting these ancient scriptures. MSW’s mission is to “serve God’s Word and invite people to Christ through music, media, outreach, technology and teaching.”
Bible scholars agree that the Holy Bible’s Book of Psalms began over 3,000 years ago as a collection of poems that were sung and accompanied by various musical instruments within the context of Hebrew worship. The origins of Psalm Reborn can be traced to a moment when Marohnic was meditating on one of the Psalms. “A strange thing happened,” Marohnic relates. “I actually began to hear the words of the Psalm as music. I proceeded to write down the music I had heard and thus began the project.”
The Psalms of Mercy concert presents a stellar group of singers and musicians. Carol Rogers has sung throughout the world, singing with performers such as Sergio Mendes. Carl Herrgesell is a well-known songwriter/singer and keyboardist who toured with Kenny Loggins for five years, and is the featured pianist on several albums by contemporary Christian singer, Kathy Troccoli. Chris Mack is one of the first principal vocalists with Phoenix Vocal Jazz and is the music director at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Gilbert, Arizona. Along with pianist Chuck Marohnic, featured musicians will be: Dwight Kilian, bass; Rob Moore, drums; Fred Forney, trumpet; Bill Moio, guitar; and Joe Garcia, percussion.
People attending Psalms of Mercy will hear an entirely fresh interpretation of the Psalms, delivered via the language of modern music, influenced by jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and world music. The event is free, with love offerings collected to benefit Phoenix Rescue Mission.
For more information about this event:
www.musicservingtheword.org (480) 575-1303
For more information about Chuck Marohnic: