Roads: A Gospel Drama

Arts & the Spirit is pleased to present a special liturgical performance of Roads.

Sunday, April 8
9:15 am
Christ Church Greenwich

This Gospel drama takes the familiar story of the Road to Emmaus and re-imagines it as a musical narrative juxtaposing the Bible story as it appears in Luke 24 with the story of two modern-day men who have a life-transforming experience on I-75 outside Atlanta, GA. It was written by The Rev’d Terry Elsberry and set to music arranged by former Christ Church parishioner and Emmy-award winning composer Ron Frangipane nearly three decades ago as a commissioned work for a Foundation for Religion and the Arts event in New York City. The collaborative production made its local debut at Christ Church Greenwich on Pentecost Sunday, June 3, 1990.

Fast-forward nearly thirty years and many of the original participants are reuniting to offer the community this special encore performance. Much like the Christmas Pageant, Roads will serve as the sermon at our 9:15 service on Sunday, April 8. The Rev’d Terry Elsberry will narrate the story along with parishioner Lynne Smith of storyteller fame.

Under the direction of Nick Carter, the original musical arrangements of Frangipane will be performed by a volunteer choir which includes the splendid sounds of the Christ Church Bell Choir, as well as other volunteers including several members of the contemporary Christian folk group – Celebration – which led monthly “folk services” at Christ Church from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. The Frangipane score is interspersed with traditional hymns including “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “I Will Arise and Go To Jesus”.

Featured soloists are Stefanie Kies; Bill Kies and Nick Carter. Among the musicians are Anne Lawrie providing counterpoint on synthesizer, John Lawrence playing compelling fiddle, and John Goldschmid accompanying on piano. John was the former director of music for “Celebration” for several years and presently plays for services at the Dingletown Community Church where Stefanie Kies also sings. The serve as the “Music Ministers” there and we will welcome Dingletown Community Church members on April 8.

Treat your spirit to this vibrant rendering which so ably illustrates how the stories we read in the Bible are at once ancient, and at the same time, completely contemporary. Please invite others to experience this unique musical offering.

Christ Church Greenwich